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I have spent the last seven years designing and caring for the Wild’s family garden.

The two main borders are undeniably long – coming in at around 40 metres.   Planting is in  large-scale blocks, generally around 2 metres square.

Silver birch trees were planted as young saplings six years ago. Now, during winter  the  white stems provide good visual structure from the house.

A stream bissects the garden, leaving the soil naturally  damp.  I have planted swathes of many of my favourite plants that like  these conditions including  Gunnera manicata, Rodgersia aesculifolia, Ligularia denticulata, Flag Iris and Marsh Marigold,

Adjacent to this sits another long border containing many of my favourite  big perennials.

The white daisies and Rudbeckia herbstonne are still in tight bud at the moment, but it wont be long before they are in full flower.

Achillea millefolium Gigantea, Helianthus Lemon Queen, Cephalaria gigantea and  Globe artichokes are looking  stunning at the moment.  These are big plants, in a big border.

Do I consider this , or any other garden in my care complete ?  No.  I will shortly be planting  Veronicastrum virginicum  Album-  a truly  majestic white perennial.  I do feel  their presence should be in abundance in this  garden.104






It is true, I have known it for years.  There is a reasonable amount of ground elder in  the gardens in my care.

Even though I continue to mulch and weed out the borders regularly  it still remains.  I do admit to the fact that I quite  like the white umbellifer flower.


If you look carefully you can  spot the ground elder in a few of them.


Garden borders  are looking quite remarkable as  their colour and visual presence increases  exponentially.  If perennials keep on growing at this rate, I will find it difficult to wade in without squashing some prized dahlia.. This week I have mainly spent my time with  deliciously heady scented roses,  the combination of zingy citrus and  heavy musk  –  quite  a heavenly horticultural privilege.

I once designed the soft landscaping for a couple whose only remit was that I could not include roses, it was not their plant of choice.  On this occasion it was difficult to think that the customer was right,  in reality it was a tragic loss.  Roses are a  fantastic addition  in all their forms, and one that we should all give thought to.  I recently read an article  in Gardening  Which,  until now  I have always pruned   spent rose  flowers  reasonably far back down the stem. from now on in,  I will  just remove  the flowers., you  can   save yourself a week or two of waiting for new flowers to form. 080This was my favorite rose at Chelsea this year –  Jacqueline du Pre.  It was highly memorable  –  quite  beautiful in its  delicate form. Hopefully there will still be some in stock at David Austins when my sister Lou and I  pop in for tea and cake shortly

A week of some of my favorite images follow.  Sisyrinchium has self seeded, not that I am complaining.  Allium Atropurpureum is starting to make quite a statement.  Red hot pokers are doing their horticultural  thing ,  and so am I.    018030010009031 019020DSCN1008DSCN1053 Enjoy your Summer gardens.


I am hoping for monstrous growth  from this Gunnera manicata to enable the Wild(e) family to view it from the safety of their kitchen window – a mere twenty-five metre planting distance.

DSCN1065P1010166There is definitely no place for plants of a shrinking violet nature in this garden, maybe it is something to do with their surname – or possibly it is due to employing me as their gardener who likes nothing better than designing and then caring for gardens that pack  a punch. IMGP9417

DSCN1028Later this year Helianthus Lemon Queen will mingle with Cephalaria gigantea and giant achillea.

P1040552Rudbeckia Herbstonne will stand proud again in the late Summer.

New acquisitions for this year  include Pampass, Artichoke Violet de Provence and Rheum palatum Atropurpureum.   I  just need  to make some space in what was already a  full garden in 2014.   I think  plant  donations to other gardens may well be a good idea.freyas   2013 514

I would love to include Gunnera magellanica – however it might well become lost in the undergrowth..