Category Archives: Planting Design

Plant Focus: Euphorbia myrsinites

… i just love Euphorbias and E. myrsinites is no exception. Otherwise known as the donkey-tail spurge, myrtle spurge or creeping spurge, this is a structurally interesting, evergreen perennial that self-seeds readily. The bright sulphur yellow flowers, which attract pollinating … Continue reading

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Plant Focus : Camellia x williamsii ‘Debbie’

… meet Debbie, the gorgeous, paeony like pink Camellia from our recent visit to Cornwall, where they are flowering in abundance as we speak! The Camellia is a relative of the tea plant and Tregothnan has its very own tree … Continue reading

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Plant Focus: Helleborus orientalis

The beautiful simplicity of Helleborus orientalis, flowering from February through to late March, celebrates the imminent arrival of spring in the garden. Cut back the old foliage to show off these shy flowers to maximum effect and deter the spread … Continue reading

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Plant Focus: Miscanthus nepalensis

The beautiful and delicate Himalayan Fairy Grass, showing off its golden coppery plumes on a cold winter’s day, on our grass bank. This ethereal ornamental grass creates structure and movement during the winter months, while the seed heads provide a … Continue reading

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Plant Focus: Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’

…nature being romantic on a wild, wet, windy day in our garden! The beautiful Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’, otherwise known as the Eastern Red Bud, forms clusters of small pea like, pink flowers on silvery branches in early spring. Then … Continue reading

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Garden Visit: Gresgarth Hall

While we were on holiday in the Lake District in September, I discovered purely by chance that one of my favourite garden designers was opening her garden to the public, a rare opportunity that couldn’t possibly be missed! So we … Continue reading

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Plant Focus: Cleome spinosa

… my first encounter with this exotic beauty was whilst working at Abbotsbury Sub-Tropical Gardens many moons ago. The white spider flower, Cleome spinosa ‘Helen Campbell’ is a tall half hardy annual with the purist of white flowers that last … Continue reading

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Garden Design: Classic Garden

The Classic Garden in Askerswell was without a doubt a turning pointing in my design career. The site was originally a large field, belonging to a lovely grade two-listed farmhouse, situated next to a churchyard with stunning views of Eggardon … Continue reading

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Plant Focus: Allium sphaerocephalon

One of my favourite Alliums, although not looking so good this year. A. sphaerocephalon, otherwise known as the round headed leek, arrives later than other Alliums and in abundance! Its egg-shaped flower heads are vivid green and purple … graduating … Continue reading

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Plant Focus: Cephalarea gigantea

… the giant scabious, Cephalarea gigantea is a member the teasel family, with very tall wiry stems that carry intricate lemon yellow pincushion flowers. Attracting bees, butterflies and other beneficial insects into the garden from early summer, the seed heads … Continue reading

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