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The Chris Beardshaw Garden

By Chris Beardshaw.

The chris beardshaw garden

This garden celebrates the centenary of gardening at Hidcote Manor in Gloucestershire, home of its creator Lawrence Johnston.This garden reflects Johnston's style and is divided into three key areas.

The chris beardshaw garden

The first section displays immense herbaceous borders of vibrant and clashing colours against a backdrop of dark Taxus hedging. This is an area for brave combinations of rich orange with lime green and regal purples.

The chris beardshaw garden

In the next room sits one of Johnston's famous pavilions of brick and stone, set with exotic pot plants borrowed from Hidcote's sister garden Serre de la Madone in France.

The chris beardshaw garden

The lawn in front of the pavilion offers a horticultural sorbet between courses and a chance for green foliage to massage the senses.

The chris beardshaw garden

A further line of pleached Carpinus marks the transition into the third section representing the shadier and woodland herbaceous borders. Here the colour spectrum is cooler and blues and yellows dominate.

The chris beardshaw garden

Plant list (click on any of the green links for more information):

Trees
Taxus baccata
Carpinus betulus
Fagus sylvatica
Fagus sylvatica purpurea
Robinia keleyi
Styrax japonica
Acer 'Vitfolium'

Ferns
Matteuccia struthiopteris
Athyrium filix-femina
Dryopteris filix-mas
Asplenium scolopendrium
Asplenium trichomanes

Aquatic
Myosotis Aqumarine

Roses
Rosa rugosa
Rosa glauca
Rosa 'Fantin-Latour'
Rosa filipes 'Kiftsgate'
Rosa banksiae 'Lutea'

Bulbs
Tulipa 'Black Jack'
Hyacinthoides non-scripta
Allium cristophii
Fritillaria imperialis
Lilium 'Bushmarks'

Shrubs
Viburnum sieboldii

Perennials
Alchemilla mollis
Digitalis purpurea f. albiflora
Hosta glauca
Hosta fortunei 'Aureomarginata'
Geranium phaeum
Geranium himalayense
Geranium x oxonianum 'A.T. Johnson'
Geranium magnificum
Geranium psilostemon
Euphorbia characias
Euphorbia palustris
Euphorbia polychroma
Leymus arenarius
Pulmonaria saccharata
Iris sibirica
Papaver orientale
Digitalis mertonenis
Lathyrus vernus
Aquilegia vulgaris
Cynoglossum nervosum
Paeonia lactiflora 'Bowl of Beauty'
Angelica officinalis
Galega orientialis
Ranunculus aconitifolius 'Flore Pleno'
Nepeta x faassenii
Lupinus sp.
Lychnis viscaria