Hydrangeas in the limelight

Hydrangea ‘Limelight’ are looking fabulous at the moment, especially these beauties that we planted up 2 years ago in Cobham. The fairly deep border gives the hydrangeas enough space to flourish and the beautiful old brick wall gives a wonderful backdrop. Hakonechloa macra grasses and Liriope muscari  border the edge. They have been cut back …

Has Spring Sprung?

Today it really felt that Spring is here! Feeling the warmth of the sun was such a treat, but with a freshness in the air reminding us that it is still mid February. Work wise for me, although it is full speed ahead with moving shrubs around and planting hardy evergreens and trees, I am …

Witch Hazel to brighten a February day

Witch Hazels are in flower right now and the scented, acid yellow flowers certainly brighten up a dark February day. What plant in their right mind chooses to flower now? Well the Witch Hazel (Hamamellis mollis) defies logic and goes ahead anyway – for our pleasure!  

Pretty Underplanting for Pots

Erigeron karvinskianus is usually seen doing it’s thing self seeding in crevices or at the front of borders. Here in pots for a change it prettily trails over the edges and provides a delicate contrast to the bold leaves above. Successful combination! This erigeron is one of those particularly rewarding plants that go on flowering …

Planting for a shady spot


Lovely combination here of lime green Dryopteris ferns and dusky purple astrantias. Perfect partners for a damp shady spot.