Plants

Piet Oudolf's meadow at the Hauser & Wirth gallery in Somerset

Dutch designer Piet Oudolf has transformed a rectangular plot at the Hauser & Wirth gallery in Bruton, Somerset, into a spectacular perennial display. 

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Piet Oudolf's meadow at Hauser & Wirth

Dutch designer Piet Oudolf has transformed a rectangular plot at the Hauser & Wirth gallery in Bruton, Somerset, into a spectacular perennial display. 

Oudolf Field, opened on 14 September 2014 as a thrilling adjunct to a new Hauser & Wirth art gallery on the outskirts of Bruton, Somerset. The style of planting is that of a perennial meadow, laid out in 17 curving, interlocking beds divided by a broad, gravelled walk. Originally, the Field really was a field – a plain, long, uncultivated rectangle sloping up and away from a handsome collection of stone farm buildings. Swiss couple Iwan and Manuela Wirth added a contemporary art gallery and asked Dutch designer, Piet Oudolf to provide a master plan for the whole site.

Contemporary German planting

Planting expert Noel Kingsbury considers the importance of the trials garden at Weihenstephan in helping to define contemporary Germany planting.

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Planting expert Noel Kingsbury considers the importance of the trials garden at Weihenstephan in helping to define contemporary Germany planting.

Weihenstephan: meet a German gardener or landscape designer, and the chances are, they studied here. Its a unique institution, with no real equivalent in the English-speaking world, a whole campus, which sprawls attractively across a couple of hills and the intervening valley, and unlike most such places it is not the buildings that make the impact but the gardens, research plots and fields of crops.

8 favourites for summer impact

In Portland, Oregon, Nancy Goldman finds joy in filling her garden with plants. Here you can find which are her favourites. 

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Plant-filled garden

In Portland, Oregon, Nancy Goldman finds joy in filling her garden with plants. Here you can find which are her favourites. 

Nancy Goldman has always been serious about her gardening. But not too serious. This is Portland, Oregon, after all, where the eccentric and the whacky are more or less mainstream, and here 'Keep Portland Weird' is almost the city motto.

 

 

 

How art can help save wild habitats and their plants

By creating photographs of pressed wildflowers from around the globe, artist Jane Anashka creates prints and cards that she hopes will help to protect wild plants and their habitats. 

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Pressed flower prints and cards

By creating photographs of pressed wildflowers from around the globe, artist Jane Anashka creates prints and cards that she hopes will help to protect wild plants and their habitats. 

How art can help save wild habitats and their plants

 

Book of the month: Garden Revolution

Our book of the month for July is Garden Revolution by Larry Weaner and Thomas Christopher. Read the review here. 

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Book of the month: Garden Revolution

Our book of the month for July is Garden Revolution by Larry Weaner and Thomas Christopher. Read the review here. 

Garden Revolution
by Larry Weaner and Thomas Christopher

Timber Press, £25
ISBN 978-1604696165

 

How to create habitat-based plantings - the distillation of two professional lifetimes. American, but something here for all of us.

Reviewer Noël Kingsbury is a writer and plantsman.

 

 

 

Pots of style: Aeoniums

Gardener Jacky Mills combines aeoniums and daisies for a sophisticated container planting. 

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Pots of style: Aeoniums

Gardener Jacky Mills combines aeoniums and daisies for a sophisticated container planting. 

I’m fond of aeoniums, particularly these intensely dark rosettes held aloft on quirky stems. The colours blend together with the muted tones of the metal urn, the white daisies ageing to a soft pink as their green centres fade to yellow. They also complement the magenta buds of the night phlox, whose white-notched flowers are closed during the hottest part of the day. They will open in the evening, exuding a heady vanilla and honey fragrance to attract moths.

Plant hardiness ratings explained

You may have noticed in the magazine that we use hardiness ratings in our plant descriptions. Hardiness ratings provide a standard by which gardeners can tell which plants are likely to survive in a specific location. But what do the figures means? Here's an explanation.

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Hardiness ratings

You may have noticed in the magazine that we use hardiness ratings in our plant descriptions. Hardiness ratings provide a standard by which gardeners can tell which plants are likely to survive in a specific location. But what do the figures means? Here's an explanation.

When we buy a plant, there’s always the temptation to make an impulse purchase. Yet the first question that should pop into a gardener’s head is ‘will it actually thrive in my garden?’

In a climate as varied as the British Isles, one of the main factors used to work this out is whether it can survive the winter outdoors unaided – what we call ‘hardiness’.

Thalictrums

Often thought of as tall, airy plants with finely cut foliage and a froth of flower, meadow rues are, in fact, much more varied. Here are Val Bourne's recommendations. 

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Thalictrums

Often thought of as tall, airy plants with finely cut foliage and a froth of flower, meadow rues are, in fact, much more varied. Here are Val Bourne's recommendations. 

Gardeners invariably think of thalictrums, or meadow rues, as tall, airy plants with ferny foliage and slender stems topped by mauve flowers. They take their name from Thalia, one of the Greek muses, and often exude a delicate, willowy charm that few of us can resist. Thalictrums have much to offer as garden plants and many have the rare qualities of a delicate, understated elegance and an strong architectural presence. Here Val Bourne recommends 16 of the best. 

 

Join the debate on the future of landscape design: 7-25 September 2016

The International Meeting of the Landscape and Garden is an annual cultural and horticultural event held in Bergamo, Italy, that sees an international audience gather to discuss key elements in planting and design: 7-25 September 2016. Find out how you can join in.

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Bergamo's Piazza Vecchia ©Fabio Toschi

The International Meeting of the Landscape and Garden is an annual cultural and horticultural event held in Bergamo, Italy, that sees an international audience gather to discuss key elements in planting and design: 7-25 September 2016. Find out how you can join in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colourful plant combinations

Here are five inspiring plant combinations from a romantic Dutch garden, planted in English style, that focus on bringing colour and vibrancy into the garden. Photography by Sietske de Vries. 

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Colourful plant combinations

Here are five inspiring plant combinations from a romantic Dutch garden, planted in English style, that focus on bringing colour and vibrancy into the garden. Photography by Sietske de Vries. 

De Tuinerie is a Romantic English-style garden with garden rooms and herbaceous borders near Groningen in the Netherlands. Designer Alie Stoffers has a passion both for plants and finding the perfect colour combination to create exuberant borders. Here she explains the vibrant plant schemes in the garden. 

 

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