The experts are unanimous: colour gives life to a garden, giving it a special atmosphere. A colour can soothe the mind or create excitement, but it rarely leaves you indifferent. Colours can be an incomparable way of expressing yourself. And, as with interior design, you can use colours boldly or with subtlety.
Of course, colours are not always the same in a garden. They change with the weather and from one season to another.
The white garden at dusk
(Henri Le Sidaner – 1912)
The best example of the monochromatic garden is at Sissinghurst Castle in Kent, created by poet and gardener Vita Sackville-West (1892-1962).
Whether it’s considered as a minimalist response to the exuberant colours of Impressionism or the expression of a desire for peace at the dawn of the twentieth century, the white garden focuses on the symbolic values of white in Western culture.
More than just a colour, white symbolises purity, peace, innocence and life.
Ferns are some of the oldest plants on Earth and grew in vast forests dating back to the primary era.
They dominated the flora of the Carboniferous age (late primary era), some 350 million years ago. They therefore existed long before dinosaurs and flowering plants (150 million years ago). Some ferns from that time still exist, such as the royal fern, whose fossils have been found in rocks dated 200 million years old.
There are over 12,000 species of ferns whose genealogy goes back hundreds of millions of years, whereas it is rare to find fossils of animal species that are still living today. In plant evolution, ferns were the first plants to have had a vascular system.
Ferns are plants without flowers or seeds (cryptogams) as are algae, fungi, mosses or lichens.
A gravel garden may be the result of a landscaping decision.
You may want a Mediterranean-style garden or a dry garden for a technical reason, such as meeting the cultivation requirements of particular plants or adapting to particular climatic conditions.
Grasses can be used as screens, focus plants or useful additions in compositions and they can establish themselves permanently in the garden.
The main aim of this article is to outline the main uses of grasses in landscaping.
Creative and imaginative gardeners will obviously be able to add to our list!
As you may have noticed, we specify the hardiness zone on every plant listing in our catalogue.
For example, a plant which is described as ‘hardy to zone 7’ means that it can withstand minimum temperatures of -12°C to -17 °C. A plant ‘hardy to zone 8a’ will be able to withstand low winter temperatures of between 12.2°C and -9.4°C.
However, plant hardiness ratings must be treated with caution as it is impossible to be precise about them. Furthermore, the exceptional weather events we have experienced in recent years have shown that we need to be prudent.
Since its establishment an important aspect of the Royal Horticultural Society’s work has been to carry out trials to find the best cultivars which are then recognised by an AGM (Award of Garden Merit).