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.

The list he gives below is a useful starting point for anyone needing some gardening inspiration… and do also check out this review of his excellent book ‘Spirit’.


Ammi majus

Eschscholzia californica

Linum grandiflorum ‘Rubrum’

Nicotiana suaveolens

Nigella papillosa ‘African Bride’

Papaver Somniferum ‘Single Black’

Silene armeria ‘Electra’


Crocus tommasinianus

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


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


Save Ryton Organic Gardens!

There seems to be some underhand shenanigans going on here. Bob Flowerdew is threatening to resign. We face losing the UK’s cornerstone organic garden. So please take a look at what is going on via the Facebook group…. go on! Go Now! Save Ryton Organic Gardens!


Garden Design Trends 2018

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Today we will be looking at Garden Design Trends in 2018. Just so you are in the know about what is cool and what is not cool in the 12 months ahead…. For the past like, million years I have shared my thoughts on what the gardening industry tell us the latest trends are going to be. If you are interested, you can see here the garden design trends for 2017. Or take a peek at my favourite of all the posts I have written – Alternative Garden Design Trends. This is my individual take on what the latest garden design …



Northern Forest – UK Plans For 50 Million New Trees

Well now, this is interesting…. UK Plans 50 Million New Trees in Northern Forest Likely? See the pitfalls? We love the idea and wholeheartedly support as much tree planting as possible. But are seriously doubtful that this is more than a sticking plaster solution to England being so vastly ‘under-treed’…. or should that be ‘overfelled?’ Yet whether this idea happens or not, all we ask is that you please make sure you plant as many trees as you can in your garden!