The Exotic Garden: inspiration, planning and planting

Inspiration from Christopher Lloyd at Great Dixter The first time I visited Great Dixter was the first occasion I was introduced to the concept of exotic/tropical style planting. It must have been not many years after the late Christopher Lloyd and his head-gardener Fergus Garrett (recently awarded the RHS’s prestigious Victoria Medal of Honour) replaced the long-standing rose garden with this new, challenging, and very exciting … Continue reading The Exotic Garden: inspiration, planning and planting

The rose garden: planted in January, flowering by May

Many people have been asking me how the rose garden is developing, after the big plant out in January. On arrival at the house last Thursday for a cheeky last-minute weekend I was thrilled to see that some of the roses already had flowers. Across a sunny weekend more opened. I was even able to enjoy one of my favourite gardening activities, a spot of … Continue reading The rose garden: planted in January, flowering by May

In a vibrant vase on Monday

For more years (decades even) than I now care to remember I lived in a house with a hot, dry front garden. I’ve always loved colour and flowers so used to bed it out, changing the planting at least twice a year. Winter and spring always included tulips, usually in rich and vibrant colour combinations. To complement the tulips wallflowers also usually featured. I’ve always … Continue reading In a vibrant vase on Monday