Conversations around the post press day pub tables buzzed last night with bets on who would take Best in Show this morning at Chelsea. Interestingly, most agreed that Cleve West wouldn’t win because a few beech trees in his hedgeline had failed to fully green up in time for the judging.
Everyone agreed it was lovely, but we were sure that this slight (but uncontrollable) fault would knock him out of the running. I had picked Joe Swift’s garden for the winner (I will share that garden next) but I am pleased that the judges gave Cleve the prize and acknowledged that even in show gardens, mother mature trumps all and we simply must work within and accept her constraints.
The Garden, sponsored by Brewin Dolphin, celebrates the the popularity of topiary. But while the topiary was a nice bit of structure, I really loved the loose planting and the rill. Euphorbias and poppies are what seemed most predominant but there was alot more than that going on.
I find the planting lists of show gardens to be hugely interesting resources for finding new and interesting varieties and discovering mixes that I have never thought of. Here is the list for this garden (from the RHS website):
Acanthus mollis ‘Rue Ledan’ Bears breeches
Aconitum ‘Ivorine’ Monkshood
Amsonia tabernaemontana var. salicifolia
Aquilegia chrysantha ‘Yellow Queen’
Aquilegia x hybrida ‘Green Apples’ Granny’s bonnet
Aquilegia vulgaris ‘Ruby Port’ Granny’s bonnet
Bupleurum falcatum Thoroughwax
Campanula trachelium Nettle-leaved bellflower
Centaurea phoenix hybrids Knapweed
Centaurea ‘Pulchra Major’ Knapweed
Centranthus ruber Red valerian
Cirsium rivulare Plume thistle
Crambe cordifolia Greater sea kale
Dictamnus albus Dittany
Digitalis lutea Yellow foxglove
Epilobium angustifolium ‘Album’
Erigeron karvinskianus Mexican fleabane
Euphorbia x martinii Spurge
Euphorbia wallichii Spurge
Geum ‘Lemon Drops’ Avens
Geranium pyrenaicum ‘Bill Wallis’
Mountain cranesbill ‘Bill Wallis’
Gillenia trifoliata Bowmans root
Heuchera cylindrica ‘Greenfinch’ Heuchera greenfinch
Iris sibirica ‘Gull’s Wing’ Siberian iris
Iris sibirica ‘Tropic Night’ Siberian iris
Lamium maculatum ‘White Nancy’
Libertia grandiflora New Zealand satin flower
Linaria purpurea Purple toadflax
Mathiasella bupleuroides ‘Green Dream’ Mathiesella
Meum athamanticum Spignel
Mukdenia rossii ‘Karasuba’ Red leafed mukdenia
Paeonia ‘Red Charm’ Peony red charm
Paeonia ‘Buckeye Belle’ Semi double peony
Seseli libanotis Moon carrot
Thalictrum aquilegifolium ‘Album’ Meadow rue
Trifolium ochroleucon Sulphur clover
Valeriana officinalis Common valerian
There are a whole lot of plants there that I don’t know well….how about you? Any old favorites or new interests?
Garden Design – Cleve West.
images by rochelle greayer
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