Monthly Archives: April 2013


Light up your life….


Lanterns, candles, solar lights, and, indeed professionally installed electrical garden lighting all add an extra dimension to your outside space.


PLANTAGOGO – Heuchera, Heucherella and Tiarella specialist….


I recommend Plantagogo… Have a look at their website. The choice is amazing!


Handsome Heucheras…


We have numerous requests from clients to re-plant borders, or even whole gardens. As with any gardener, we have favourite plants which make it into most of our plantings; plants which we know will perform and provide impact, colour and year round interest. Amongst our palette of plants are Heucheras, which come in colours ranging from devilish, dark plum to zingy, vibrant acid green/yellow. They tolerate shade, partial shade and sun…

Completely versatile, beautiful foliage and a wide range of colours, they’re perfect.

Try some in your garden…

Visit the Plantagogo website…


Plant du jour…


Ribes sanguineum (flowering currant).


Chelsea Flower Show – Garden #2


Homebase Teenage Cancer Trust Garden – Joe Swift

After years of taking a lead role in presenting BBC TV’s coverage of the Chelsea Flower Show, Joe, an established and successful garden designer, finally put his money where his mouth is and presented his first Chelsea Show garden. Joe’s garden bought him the prestigious gold medal.

This garden was been inspired by the power of plants and natural forms in an urban and suburban environment.

Four golden brown, cedar wood frames created vistas through the garden, dividing it into distinct zones.

Plants list:

Cornus mas multi-stemmed
London Plane tree
Prunus Amber Queen

Pittosporum tobira nanum
Dodonaea viscosa purpurea
Myrtus communis
Myrtus tarantina
Westringia fruticosa
Westringia longifolia


Geum Werner Arends
Euphorbia dixter
Euphorbia pasteurii Roundway Titan
Euphorbia polychroma purpurea
Euphorbia mellifera
Iris Langport Wren
Bergenia Overture
Libertia grandiflora
Libertia perigrinans
Phlomis russeliana
Tellima grandiflora
Alchemilla erythropoda
Centaurea phoenix hybrids red
Verbascum petra
Foeniculum vulgare purpureum
Eremurus bungei
Acaena Copper Carpet
Sisyrinchium Quaint and Queer
Potentilla tongueii
Silene fimbriata
Asphodeline liburnica
Deschampsia cespitosa
Dianthus cruentis
Knautia macedonica

Rose Tuscany Superb

Allium nigrum
Allium obliquum
Nectaroscordum siculum


The garden’s on fire…!


The fiery red, orange and yellow leaves of Acer palmatum ‘Katsura’ provide a stunning splash of colour in the back garden. The leaves will turn a beautiful shade of green but will retain some of the orangey shades, before ‘bursting into flames’ again for a final autumnal display.

Great tree for a small garden, reaching approximately 2.5m only.


Chelsea Flower Show – Garden #1


The Laurent-Perrier Garden by Luciano Giubbilei – Nature and Human Intervention (2011).

This stunning garden is about collaboration and contemplation. It’s focal point is a beautiful pavilion crafted with bamboo screens which turn elegantly in the breeze, designed by Kengo Kuma. Whilst sculptor, Peter Randall-Page has imposed human order on the surface of natural stones forms.

A contemplative long pool is flanked either side with an exquisite planting in pink, maroon and brown, comprising Digitalis mertonensis, Deschampsia cespitosa and Iris ‘Dutch Chocolate’.

Simply divine.