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Stipa gigantea


Time for a bit more garden inspiration. With summer days almost at an end it’s a great time to go visiting especially if, like me, you’re looking for ways to extend the season into the weeks to come.

Grasses are at their peak right now. Perhaps it’s because my interest in them has also peaked this year, but I’d never noticed just how many there are growing successfully at Rosemoor. Stipa gigantea is definitely one for the list. As we continue to clear new sections of our own overgrown garden even a small group of these would occupy serious real estate and help me to suppress the regrowth of weeds. But it needs careful placement. This is a grass that demands to be seen. The trick is to give it sufficient room to accommodate its glorious spreading plumes and, ideally, in a position to catch the late afternoon light. Then, as here, it will really shine out.


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But it was the Hot Garden that I’d particularly come to see, drifts of perennials and grasses such as I’m trying to develop on the slope.


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So much colour here, even this late in the season.

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Miscanthus and sedum


Are there trees beyond your boundary? Incorporate them into your garden by layering your planting. It isn’t always necessary to have Rosemoor’s rolling acres to recreate this scene.


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An island bed within Lady Anne’s garden


The first autumn tints and Persicaria, in the foreground, provide colour but the spent flowers of Phlomis russeliana, on the right, give structure and will go on providing interest through into winter, especially when liberally sprinkled with frost and snow.


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Some things I can only admire from afar. The Mediterranean look might not sit so well within a densely wooded valley. But here it is wonderful. The pot, perfectly in proportion, is placed such that it catches light angled in from the side. Once again it is softened by grasses, in this case Stipa tenuissima.


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The Stone Garden


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Acer rubrum ‘October Glory’

It’s early. But doesn’t it look all the better for that? Standing out as a sentinel amidst the greens.


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Hydrangea aspera Kawakamii Group

It is the season of hydrangeas. Pink, white, blue and sometimes all three!


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Hydrangea paniculata ‘Pink Diamond’


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The Winter Garden lawn and shelter


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A shelter in the Cottage Garden too. Did I ever mention that it rains a lot in Devon?


I’d like to have a duck on our roof. Or maybe a pheasant would be more appropriate. Mike argues that Ptolemy would fly up there (it has been known) and peck it to bits. And then we’d have to pay to get scaffolding back to remove it. Ever the practical one, Mike.


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Globe Artichoke


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Kale ‘Black Magic’


The Cottage Garden has vegetables intermingled with blooms. I’ve dabbled a bit, but really want to have a serious go at this idea next year. Blooms bring in pollinators and the ornamental veggie varieties used all looked extremely healthy. This tuscan kale has been bred specifically for the cooler British climate and is apparently tasty too. No sign of nibbled leaves or white fly here.


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Euonymus planipes

Going straight on the must-have list.


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