THE MODERN MINT BLOG

May24

Dan Pearson’s Must-Have Plants: Annuals, Bulbs and Climbers

We went to see Dan Pearson and Fergus Garrett speak at the Gardens Illustrated talk last week.

Dan spoke about his gardening mentors, the Garden Bridge project for London and his current addiction for Epimediums… his work has evolved over the years – though always remained rooted in the nature of the place itself – he spoke of how his planting palette was changing and the gardens he makes looser and closer in feel to a natural space.

Doesn’t that sound fantastic?

The list he gives below is a useful starting point for anyone needing some gardening inspiration, originally shared in a Gardens Illustrated article…

My own love in the garden is for topiary, but topiary only works in all its glory when you add other plants around it. Some of these annuals, adding colourful contrast to the strength and rooted feel of a group of yew or boxwood topiaries would be a brilliant way to make a garden.

As well as reading on below, do also check out this review of Dan Pearson’s excellent book ‘Spirit’.

Annuals

Ammi majus – the flower growers best friend… I have seen it replaced in a bouquet with the slightly more robust, less elegant flower of ground elder…. yes, seriously!

Eschscholzia californica

Linum grandiflorum ‘Rubrum’

Nicotiana suaveolens

Nigella papillosa ‘African Bride’

Papaver Somniferum ‘Single Black’

Silene armeria ‘Electra’

Bulbs

Crocus tommasinianus – if squirrels are stealing your crocus bulbs, dip them in a paste of cayenne pepper and tabasco sauce first, before planting. That should put them off!

Cyclamen hederifolium f. albiflorum ‘Album’

Erythronium dens-canis

Galanthus ‘Magnet’

Gladiolus ‘Ruby’

Leucojum aestivum ‘Gravetye Giant’

Lilium ‘Claude Shride’

Narcissus ‘Pipit’

Nerine bowdenii

Tulipa sprengeri

Climbers

Akebia longeracemosa

Hedera pastuchovii ‘Ann Ala’

Jasminum officinale ‘Devon Cream’

Parthenocissus henryana

Rosa ‘Cooperi’

Schizophragma integrifolium

Read Part 2, Part 3 or Part 4.

Recommended Reading:

Spirit: Garden Inspiration

Apr22

Topiary Provocation Spring 2021

organic topiary snow

Topiary Provocation? What is this about? Topiary Provocation, Darren Lerigo, Spring 2021 This spring of 2021 I invited a number of garden designers to a series of meetings via Zoom, to discuss how topiary can be used effectively in modern gardens. I wanted to discover how both clients and designers felt about topiary, whether it was a part of the garden that got as much thought as, say, the choice of stone for a patio…. and if certain plants and shapes tended to trend in designs or if it truly was a mish-mash of different topiary styles. The provocation and talks …

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Apr22

Waltham Place Talk – Watch On Youtube

waltham place talk

Waltham Place in Maidenhead is one of my favourite gardens of all time. The philosophy is to garden with nature, rather than against, so improving the soil and growing a diverse range of plants is placed at the heart of how to manage the space.   Through the European Boxwood and Topiary Society I arranged a talk by the garden team at Waltham Place. It has been recorded and put on Youtube so if you missed it live, you can watch it there and get a feel for what they are doing. There are some extraordinary photos of the garden …

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Mar15

Topiary Provocation For Garden Designers

snow topiary

I am running a ‘Topiary Provocation’ for garden designers, via Zoom, over the next few weeks. Dates are: Tuesday 23rd March, 10am Wednesday 24th March 7.30pm Thursday 8th April, 7.30pm The ‘provocation’ is for garden designers anywhere in the world, is free to join and will last about 45 minutes. Places are limited to 12 per session, as I want to make sure we can share ideas about topiary and how it can be used (and managed) in a modern garden – especially if skill level and maintenance time is low. I hope that I can provoke a discussion around …

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