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My favourite plant… October

This time last year we visited the RHS gardens at Harlow Carr in Yorkshire, early on a damp, misty morning with low sunlight and dew drops shining on cobwebs everywhere. Having finally managed to get beyond the enormous drifts of Helenium, Rudbeckia and Echinacea, all of which were stunning, as was a crab apple, Malus […]

My Favourite Plant… September

As the summer draws to a close and borders are full of flame reds, oranges, golds and yellows, fading roses and firework dahlias, a forgotten plant suddenly makes a surge under the study window at home. This baked south facing bed is filled with a number of roses, a white Japanese anemone with land-grabbing tendencies, […]

When Less really is More

If we are to believe all that is written, there is much to be said for using a restricted colour palette in the garden. Many try but few succeed and those which do run the risk of being either mimicked to the point of parody (Sissinghurst’s celebrated White Garden) or failing and resulting in an […]