THE MODERN MINT BLOG

May26

Dan Pearson’s Must-Have Plants: Perennials

Now we get to the heart of Dan Pearson’s plant recommendations… and he offers far more perennials than another designer we have written of…

(Do also check out this review of his excellent book ‘Spirit’.)

Perennials

Acanthus mollis latifolius group ‘Rue Ledan’

Actaea cordifolia

Anemone x Hybrida ‘Honorine Jobert’

Angelica edulis

Aralia cordata

Baptisia Alba var. Macrophylla

Brunnera macrophylla ‘Betty Bowring’

Bupleurum longifolium ‘Bronze Beauty’

Cephalaria dipsacoides

Ceratostigma plumbaginoides

Dierama pulcherrimum ‘Blackbird’

Digitalis ferruginea

Disporum longistylum ‘Night Heron’

Epimedium wushanense ‘caramel’

Erigeron karvinskianus

Eryngium agavifolium

Eryngium ebracteatum

Ferula tingitana ‘Cedric Morris’

Foeniculum vulgare ‘Purpureum’

Gaura lindheimeri

Geranium ‘Tiny Monster’

Gillenia trifoliata

Glycyrrhiza yunnanensis

Helleborus x Hybridus Ashwood Hybrids

Hemerocallis ‘Stafford’

Inula magnifica ‘Sonnenstrahl’

Iris lazica

Lathyrus vernus ‘Gracilis’

Molopospermum peloponnesiacum

Paeonia lactiflora ‘White Wings’

Persicaria amplexicaulis ‘Alba’

Persicaria virginiana var. filiformis

Rudbeckia laciniata ‘Herbstsonne’

Salvia nemerosa ‘Caradonna’

Salvia uliginosa ‘Ballon Azul’

Sanguisorba ‘Cangshan Cranberry’

Sedum ‘Jose Aubergine’

Selinum wallichianum

Thalictrum ‘Elin’

Verbena macdougalii ‘Lavender Spires’ (this plant is difficult to find, at least at the time of writing. But very popular, so we are trying to source it for our shop. We also wrote here about Verbena bonariensis…)

Read part 1, part 2, part 4.

Recommended Reading:

Spirit: Garden Inspiration

Home Ground: Sanctuary in the City

The Well-tended Perennial Garden: Planting and Pruning Techniques

Perennial Garden Plants or the Modern Florilegium

Jun10

Brought By Bike – Topiary Making

Brought By Bike is an excellent website I found last month, where businesses offer their services by (of course) bicycle. Modern Mint and my topiary work is now live on the site offering my topiary services, via bike, to the following two postcodes – CM1 CM2 Now I can imagine I will need to borrow a ladder should anyone have a larger shrub, but most town gardens in the Chelmsford area have a need not just for privacy but to let light into the house… so a balance must be struck when shaping hedges and shrubs to cover both needs. …

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May10

Transforming Topiary

topiary transforming

Transforming Topiary – a video made for the European Boxwood And Topiary Society by Charlotte Molesworth and I, in her garden. We take a dog topiary and work out how to update it, turning it into a bird. Worth a watch I think, and hopefully useful to you! You can see more of my clipping on the topiary page. Or read my Spring 2021 Topiary Provocation here.

Apr28

Phillyrea From 1682

Worlidge Phillyrea

Phillyrea is one of my favourite plants for topiary. I have been using it for quite a few years as a specimen shrub, mostly due to the fact it clips well and has a tough habit – all good characteristics for a topiary plant. It also has a  reputation for being an excellent nectar source for bees… Read more about Phillyrea here. Mentioning this to Malcolm Thicke, a market garden historian and writer, he sent me a some photos of topiary and phillyrea mentioned by John Worlidge in Systema Horticulturae from 1682…. incredible! He also mentioned to me that in …

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