Three days left and the planting begins !! there is no doubting that a garden, even a show garden is not a garden until the plants make an appearance and the ‘Singing Tree’ is no exception. We consciously decided to go with a true Mediterranean feel because that style of planting is not used enough in show garden design, it is normally safe herbaceous perennial’s which are in vogue at the moment and are easy on the eye. So we went for spiky, shrubby with subtle blues and silvers in fact the whole colour scheme for the garden was just that Silver, Blue, Green.
We used Buxus pyramids and tall Cypress trees for height and structure alongside Dasylirion and Agave which provided the spikey interest. a bit leftfield I know but we needed to be noticed amongst all of the predictable planting which we knew would be the prevalent at the show and it worked ! with the public but alas not the judges why ?? I shall reveal later.Plant List Taxus baccata (pyramids) Dasylirion acrotrichum Agave celsii Pinus mugo Rosmarinus repens Euphorbia x martinii Artemesia ‘Powys castle’ Foeniculum v ‘purpureum’ Echium fatuous Sedum purpureum Verbena bonariensis Carex flagellifera Stipa tenuissima Eryngium ‘little jackpot’ Lavandula angustifolia
Luckily the weather suited are planting and the garden looked splendid in all its simple glory, if it was typical British weather during the show I don’t think we would of pulled it off.
Next thrilling instalment, our race to get finished and the Judges verdict ???.