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Prairie Garden

By Nottinghamshire garden gesigner Alice Bowe. This gently mounded prairie garden was designed as a colourful yet informal compliment to the sweeping gravel drive that which approaches this Oxfordshire Manor.

A collaboration between garden designer and painter Alice Bowe and Sarah Price, this garden takes the colour wheel as its theme, rotating through the colours with the seasons. Starting with blue Ceanothus, the prairie garden moves through purples to an autumnal red/pink clash before mellowing to the beiges and browns of dead structure ready to be christened with frost.

Alice bowe

The picture above shows the garden in early summer when the colour theme is particularly purple. The inky purple stems of Salvia nemorosa 'Caradonna' lead the eye towards the large globes of the alliums that punctuate a sea of Salvia tenuifolia. Hints at the red/pink colour scheme that will follow are found in the form of Gladiolus byzantinus and Aquilegia 'Ruby Port' with the whole planting being lifted by the addition of the long flowering Geranium 'Kashmir White'.

Alice bowe

By October, the rich autumnal reds of the Sedum 'Autumn Joy' pick up on the deeper tints of the distant Hydrangea and soft spires of Persicaria amplexicaulis 'Firetail'. This saturated colour is tempered by the repetition of spires of Persicaria amplexicaulis 'Rosea' which flowers in a softer pink. Behind this, the larger grasses of Calamagrostis x acutifolia 'Overdam' and Calamagrostis brachytricha provide a golden backdrop that ties back into the now fluffy seadheads of Stipa tenuifolia at the very front of the planting. The whole scheme is broken up by the stiff verticals of the bronzed Allium seedheads

Designed by Alice Bowe

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