New Vintage in a small town plot

I have chosen my friend Posy as a case study for my New Vintage garden design theme. This is because she too has a New Vintage approach to planting and garden design.   This approach blends contemporary naturalistic planting with a palette of soft colour and every now and then a surprise of rich colour and […]

3 Unusual plants for New Vintage gardens

Here are some unusual plants for the middle to back of a New Vintage border.  Just add them for their originality and fun.  They are not very common and yet they are all reasonably robust so we can use them very effectively for variety and interest. Nectaroscordum are deciduous bulbous perennials with linear, garlic-scented leaves […]

6 great reds for a New Vintage planting scheme

In itself the colour RED is New Vintage.   Planting has concentrated on greens and whites and sometimes soft hay colours such as you see with naturalistic planting in grasses etc.  It is time to bring some colour back into our borders and this is part of my New Vintage scheme.  Chose a soft palette […]

Chelsea Flower Show 2014 – Planting Top 10 plants that recurred at the Chelsea Flower Show.  All very New Vintage. These plants turned up in several gardens and are clearly very much loved at the moment.  I would like to see all of these plants in any New Vintage planting scheme that I might do.  […]

Burton Agnes, East Yorkshire

Simon Jenkins, author of England’s Thousand Best Houses, described Burton Agnes Hall as ‘the perfect English house’ and as one of the twenty best English houses alongside Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace and Chatsworth House. If you were ever unsure how to handle yew hedging here is your answer!  The gardens are really lovely and there […]