Why The Spiky Look ?.

DSC_0207Three 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 ???.



  1. My apologies Gillian the plants list is a good example of my head at the moment chaotic !! lots going on resulting from interest from both shows and work to catch up on, which I started before the shows I hope to bring order to my life soon. Clive

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