The mysterious arts of planting design

Have managed to sneak in a few horticultural diversions to a weekend trip to see one dept of the in-laws. First off will be Rousham. Last time I visited Rousham it was winter (Christmas Day in fact) – Rousham is all about the bones of a garden so to some extent it remains the same year round, but it is all about light as well, so high mid summer light plays the garden very differently. Rousham has recently been acknowledged as one of the great UK gardens; it was in Monty Don’s Gardens of the World and Dan Pearson writes beautifully of it in his book Spirit.

Second horticultural event is Marchant Hardy Plants near Lewes. I’ve read enough copies of Gardens Illustrated in my life for this nursery to have entered my lexicon of great plant places. Let’s hope it lives up to it.

I’m in the midst of planning my own garden. One border in and planted. Raised beds in and ready for veg/fruit planting. Just the rest of it remaining.

Am not planning to base my planting design on council border planting but there is something lovely about that old school civic planting when it is done with conviction.


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