Saturday, 27 May 2017

How to use variegated foliage

Let me start by saying that I am a huge fan of variegated foliage. If you dislike it, or are a bit unsure about how to use it in your garden, hopefully by the end of this post I will have converted you or at least encouraged you to give it a try.
Variegated hosta leaves.

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Antipodean inspiration

What a treat to be able to escape from the dreary winter weather while the garden is still mostly dormant and take inspiration from gardens on the other side of the planet. During a trip to visit family and friends in New Zealand and Australia we found time to visit a few gardens and to marvel at plants growing wild in the bush that we have to nurture and coddle in this country.
Spherical flowerheads of Agapanthus on a sunny bank contrast with the stiff, tapered leaves of Phormium (New Zealand flax).