Seasonal plant allure from Beth Chatto Gardens

Nothing can beat an outing with a new  customer to look at a garden.  It’s the best way to get their bounce-off  reaction to planting combinations and their sense of delight or displeasure to colours, textures and overall form and shape.  A project I am working on at the moment is a small town garden,…

Two castles: two gardens: a view or two

The double tall beeches make a tunnel along which the visitor travels on the top of a levee above the surrounding landscape.  This is  the driveway to Drummond Castle, near Criefff in Perthshire.  We swooped in like bats and burst out at the far end by a tower house settled on a rock, commanding the…

Bulbs – try out the dolly mixture planting style

Bulbs are opportunists.  Most come from the far Eastern end of the Mediterranean, from rocky scree where early  snow melt gives a source of water before summer drought.  The busting into leaf and flower comes from energy suppled by a modified root and shoot system stored in their fleshy cells. Photosynthesis and pollination accomplished, they…