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The Dragon's Garden

... 'Jacqmontii' Acer palmatum 'Atropurperea' Tiered Area and walls Carex buchanii Delosperma cooperi Lavender 'Munstead' Lavendula stoechas 'Alexandra' Ophiopogon nigra Sedum 'Coca cola' Sedum 'Ruby Glow' Sedum...

Grow Your Own Butterfly Garden

... of dusty-pink flowers that appear from midsummer to autumn. 6. Lantana . Lantana blooms all summer long in shades of lavender, pink, red, orange, yellow, cream, and white. The versatile plant looks perfect in containers or beds and borders. 7....

Quilted Velvet by Tony Smith

... eventually arriving at a place of comfort and luxury. The foreground invites the onlooker into a sunken bed of lavender busy Lizzies, punctuated by rising stepping stones winding around a central seating area filled with oversized...

Visit snowdrops in February and March

... woodland garden, plantsman's ¾-acres mature trees and shrubs, bulb, herbaceous and hot borders, autumn colour, berries, lavender walk, knot garden and lily ponds. Adjacent 1000sq.m exotic glasshouse garden planted with palms, tender and fruiting...

Austerity Needn't Be Dull…

... bed edge and path are carefully crafted; vegetables form patterns often interspersed with cut flowers, waves of blending lavenders or brightly hued dahlias. Fruit trees are often goblet-shaped, pleached, espaliered or fanned whilst currants,...

New Years Garden Resolutions

... a mulch to keep the moisture in. And I'm going to use plants that don't mind a bit of drought like all those Mediterranean Lavenders and herbs. Recycle more My compost bin isn't big enough and I end up taking my garden waste to the dump. I...

Cotswold Garden with Rooms

... , Climbers over arch by house - Roses - Harkness Felicite - perpetue' & 'Reine Victoria' (soft pinks to link with house & lavender - scented) or 'Constance spry' (richer pink), Clematis florida 'Sieboldii' ( creamy petals & purple centres to link...

Spring cleaning

... the work. It's not too late to prune shrubs and trees. I usually leave some plants until now before cutting back. Lavenders are pruned in August but I also prune again around now to keep the plant looking compact and shrubby right down to the...

Grassed amphitheatre

... the clean uncluttered look. The planting is mainly new style perennial planting in a palette of pale umber, lavender and grey green using structural plants such as Melianthus major , Rosmarinus officinalis , Beschorneria yuccoides , ...

Create your own Indian Summer

... blue is your colour then try Russian sage, Perovskia 'Blue Spire' with delicate silver foliage and flowers that create a lavender blue haze when planted en masse. As you will have gathered, grasses should definitely not be overlooked in the...

The 4Head Garden of Dreams - Silver Gilt

... selected for the calming properties of their perfume and their subdued colours. With plants such as vervain , borage , lavender and chamomile , the palette is limited to blues, mauves, white, the palest of yellows and green. Many of the...

All dried out

... And finally if you want to plant then think about those plants that can survive dry conditions. Think Mediterranean lavenders, shrubby germander Teucrium fruticans, lambs ears Stachys byzantina and geraniums. Herbs, olive trees and rock roses...

Whatever the weather

... involved. I've lost every Lupin in my garden and they'll get replaced with plants that prefer drier conditions such as Lavender, Sages, Phlomis. However, that's only half of the story because the plants that can survive the dry summers can often...

Why prune

... Often regular pruning will keep young, healthy, vigourous growth and increase the life-span of the plant. Some plants (e.g. lavender) cannot, however, produce new growth from older, tougher wood. A good indicator of this type of pruning working, is...

Independent Age - Golden Years

By Anthony Challis , of Ginkgo Landscapes SW London, for this charity (formally Royal UK Beneficiary Association). The garden is about destiny and reflects the journey through life with the emphasis on keeping active and independent in...

The Hanover Quay Garden

... anything that takes thier fancy. In this first close-up you can see box ( Buxus sempervirens ) in the forefront with lavender (e.g. Lavandula stoechas subsp. pedunculata ) to the right of it. In front of the curved outline of the concrete...

South-facing gardens

... tree. The tree shown here is a Catalpa (e.g. Catalpa bignonioides 'Aurea' ) , with a manicured lawn, and French lavender ( Lavandula stoechas )....

As darkness falls

... can create a scented garden all year round. The delicate, aromatic foliage of grey and silver-leafed plants such as lavender and artemisia provide the backbone of the planting and can be complimented by more structural forms, perhaps ...

Welcome wildlife into your garden

... the more nectar is produced. Flowers that butterflies particularly visit include those of the Buddlleia, Ceanothus, Hebe, Lavender, Sedum, Cistus, Wallflower, Lilac, and Potentilla, Cornflower and Poppy families. These last two can be sown as seeds...

The Enchanted Neverland Garden

... nigra, Prunus domestica A selection of roses including Filipes kiftsgate , Rambling rector  and Wedding day. Assorted lavenders including Lavendula Hidcote. Tradescantia, Heuchera purple palace, Trachelospermum jasminoides, Ivy, Artemisia...