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Michael King

Michael’s thoughts and ideas on planting perennial plants written over the past ten years.​​

Winter in Amsterdam is wet and warm. Bulbs are rising out of the ground and many grasses that should have turned to straw are still green. Clearly there is nothing to do in the garden …

I am enjoying the new border in front of my home. It has yet to get really cold in Amsterdam this winter, but now the plants are dormant. I am drawn to the repeating patterns …

This year I am trialling a number of different species and cultivars of asters and they have brought real beauty into my autumn garden. Aster scaber is spreading too rapidly, but it is very attractive …

After a gap of more than eleven years I returned to this unique garden, the Priona Tuinen, and was delighted to find it still had its powerful character. Henk Gerritsen is no longer there, but …

Grasses flop when wet which is why it is best not to plant them too close to narrow paths. However, today, fine rain turned this border in front of my home into a glistening spectacle …

Traditional planting schemes set blocks of perennials and shrubs next to one another in order to develop harmonious or contrasting effects that build a picture comprising forms and colours. The contemporary trend for informal, naturalistic …