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:

Dream Plants For The Natural Garden

May03

Selection Of Topiary Videos To Help You Clip

Over the last two years I have been involved with a couple of projects that have ended up being recorded, then placed on Youtube or Instagram. I’m hoping they will be useful to you, so I have decided this morning to pop them together in one handy blog post so that you can bookmark the page and revisit when you need some inspiration for your topiary. See below then, a few videos about topiary I have recently been involved with… Garden Masterclass – Provocations of a Modern Topiarist Transforming Topiary Topiary Teacher Put On The Spot https://www.instagram.com/p/CTj-EfOKRL6/ In the above …

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May03

Mark Zlotsky – Topiary Tango In New York

Mark Zlotsky is an artist based in New York, and today I just wanted to share his project ‘Topiary Tango’. In his introduction to the project he talks of topiary being a forgiving art, which I love and is soooooo true…..! For proof, just take a look at some projects I have made with a sharp pair of shears, a hedgetrimmer and a pruning saw. Do check out Mark Zlotsky’s project, because although his interest began by looking at topiary through the prism of architecture and the relationship of one building to another, he touches directly onto a way of …

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Apr27

Gardenista Interview – I Talk About Modern Topiary

Gardenista, the online magazine about gardens and design, have interviewed me about topiary. The article is called ‘Rethinking Topiary: A Garden Tradition Loosened Up’ and was published this morning. Written by the excellent garden writer Clare Coulson, I share some thoughts on using deciduous plants, how to clip (name-dropping Anne Lamott and her book on writing at one stage… oh, how I wander off subject sometimes!) and how to improve topiary by what you plant around it. Do take a look at the article in Gardenista. Or for more about my topiary work, check out the topiary page.