This beautiful tapestry garden in the grounds of Villandry chateau in France, is made up of just three main plant types:
Tightly clipped Box plants form the structure of low hedges, topiary and the solid green infill.
Colour and texture is introduced with the dark purple flowers of lavender and the taller pale flowers of Perovskia.
This is a lesson in disciplined planting, the number of plant varieties has been edited down to the absolute minimum, resulting in a calm, peaceful scene.
So my design tip is don’t try and cram all your favourite plants into your garden, make a list then reduce it as much as you dare… and have fun doing it.
60/80 high x 50/80cm wide, likes full sun and well drained soil …. light, sandy soils are perfect.
There are lots of different types, Hidcote Blue is one of my favourites.
Perovskia (Russian Sage):
Has soft, green foliage and tall stems of lavender blue flowers from August-October, the winter outline is lovely too.
120 high x 90cm wide, and likes the same conditions as lavender.
There are lots of different varieties, Buxus sempervirens Suffruticosa is slower growing than most, so it makes a good low hedge.
It’s not too fussy about soil type and will grow in shade as well as sun.
This would look lovely viewed from an upstairs window wouldn’t it?
image: Jill Anderson