Back to the Chelsea Flower Show to have a look at some winning plant combinations and popular flowers that seemed to be everywhere, though I’m sure the designers don’t get together and collaborate on this?
I haven’t noticed quite so many lupins in recent years, but this year they were everywhere, most noticabely the yellow ones in the Laurent Perrier garden, and I loved these deep blue ones. Lupins like to be planted them in well-drained soil away from the shade of trees or buidings.
I like the incedental planting on some of the trade stands, especially this combination of Campanula, Iris, Camassia and billowing Stipa tenuissima.
Iris sibirica was used in swathes to represent flowing water, it hates dry soil so looks just right near water.
I’m always drawn to soft planting contrasted with clipped shrubs, which is why I liked this group of Verbascum, Aquilegia and topiary Box.
If you’re after billowing planting add grasses such as Stipa tenuissima or Carex to the mix to create texture. Just make sure that the grasses are a compatible size and like similar conditions to their neighbouring plants.
all images: Jill Anderson