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

Sep29

New Topiary In South London Out Of Yew

Making a new topiary out of the large, dull facade of a Taxus blob… My work was to change it up from a ‘jelly drop’ shape and give it texture, open it out and let the light through, and make it a sculptural feature in the background of the garden in summer… yet a major part of the garden in winter. A few more years before it becomes something special, but there was far more leaf and growth inside the plant than I thought and so it will not take too long for it to gain in character and become …

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Sep27

Topiary Teacher – Put on The Spot!

topiary teacher

Two weeks ago I was invited to teach topiary at the garden of Griselda Kerr, the author of The Apprehensive Gardener. I love teaching and sharing skills, but I was placed on the spot in the afternoon and asked to show how I would make a new topiary from an existing shrub. So below is a speeded-up video of me creating a cloud-pruned topiary from an old boxwood tree. I particularly love the ending when the class get involved….! See the video here. One hour was all it took, and though it needed a little tidying-up, it was made by …

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Sep27

Book Yourself A Topiary Workshop 2022

organic topiary snow

Charlotte Molesworth, my topiary mentor, and I are running our popular topiary workshop again in 2022. You can email me for details – or go here for information, your ticket and to find out about dates. Book A Spot On A Topiary Workshop, September 2022