|Foxgloves are in fashion and we have lots of variety.|
This year I spotted pockets of euphorbia, hesperis, geranium macrorrhizum, which I think is a star geranium. It battles against my ditches nettles and shady spots creating perfect ground cover. More on useful garden thugs.
|Geranium macrorrhizum in Chris Beardshaw's garden|
I've never seen a Chelsea show without Cornus Kousa and it's not surprising when you see how fresh it look this time of year. Its a small tree with character. It is a good hardy tree for a small garden.
|Ragged Robin appearing wild to the right in Mark Gregory's West Yorkshire garden|
Lychnis flos-cuculi is a short lived perennial or bi-annual. Again it needs to seed and naturalise. It is the perfect look for wild gardens. I would add a bit of achemilla mollis and loosetrive (Lyrethium) Wild garden are increasing popular. Naturalising scabious and primular vulgaris and veris (cow slips) is a must for early spring. Always add a few foxgloves, daisies and achiliia but I am not sure if I want nettles!
Mark Gregory's Yorkshire garden
I love the finishing touches the little plant that just makes a feature have character. This a little bit of alpine pink thrift with possibly some thyme giving the old style steps a natural high light.
|Kate Gould's harmoniously planted garden.|
The Greenfingers Charity Garden by our Kate Gould was the best expample of harmonious planting and perfectly illustrated that harmonious colour planting does not always need to be in pink shades. These colours are so fresh. We hope to have Kate back here at the Nurseries next year for another inspiring workshop.