6 of my favourite roses – pinks, yellows, oranges

Whenever I talk to a client about their plants and planting plan I always do my best to get them to buy in to the idea of having some roses.  I think the recent trend has been to ignore them a bit in planting plans and I’m not sure why.  They just don’t seem to […]

Ordered chaos? Shabby chic? New Vintage? Just love it

I was trying to describe to someone exactly what I meant by New Vintage the other day and I was left a bit speechless as there was too much to say.. Is it soft pinks with deep romantic reds?  Is it ordered chaos or shabby chic?  Is it natural over ordered?  Is it roses instead […]

New Vintage gardens like a puddle

“There is no concept of diversity of habitats for wildlife, of puddles for swallows to get mud from to make their nests with.  The shabby charm that once pervaded English country gardens has been lost to horticultural Brazilians”.  “Native trees are replaced with garden-centre specimens – preferably gold, variegated and purple-leaved – all shaped into […]

Les Jardins Agapanthe

In the words of the owner and designer of Les Jardins Agapanthe “Often the words “curious”, “exotic”, or “magical” blossom from the mouths of visitors when describing them”.  I would add electric, stunning, breathtaking – these gardens are simply the most staggering that I have seen. http://www.jardins-agapanthe.com/ 1 Impasse Agapanthe, 76850 Grigneuseville, Haute-Normandie, France (+33) […]

How contemporary sculpture mixes with New Vintage

How contemporary sculpture mixes with New Vintage I visited my friend Emma last week-end in Faversham, Kent.  You walk through the front door of her “town” house, through the house and very quickly find yourself in a small haven in the back garden which is hard-landscaped built on stone and broken up by lush planting […]