Monthly Archives: September 2015

A foliage feature

While this blog is mostly about colour and scent in the garden, we love foliage as well for elegant contrasts of texture and colour. Anemanthele lessonia is the new name for Stipa arundinacea or Pheasant’s tail grass, a tidy, clumping grass with pretty stripes of orange throughout the summer, which will turn to gold as Autumn approaches.

20150921_114734

As summer flowers finish and make space for the shrubs and grasses, it’s shapes that catch the eye – so placing spikey grasses amongst tidy domes of glossy shrubs is simple and just spectacular.  The nice thing about Pheasant Grass is that it looks good whatever the colour of the shrub it sits next to.

20150224_135048

 

 

 

Big landscapes, bold features

20150915_103017

The Saarphati Park in Amsterdam is like an English park in the sense that it follows the principle of Landscape Design.  Within the park there are footpaths and streams, lawns and lakes and landmark features. In our first picture, you glimpse the classical temple, just out of view in the distance, right.  A short walk further, and you see the feature close to.

20150915_101844

20150915_101949

Perennials work well in drifts – and the more the better. Rudbeckia fulgida var. Sullivantii ‘Goldsturm’ are so bold, they don’t need a contrasting colour to make them shine. They just stand there, in their thousands, as if to say “Hello, we’re here to make you smile”.

20150915_101936