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Dutch Garden Design

For the last 40 years the Dutch have been at the forefront of very interesting pubic natural planting designs.

I came across this municipal area on the site of a busy road in front of some apartments near Narden Bussom just outside Amsterdam.

The key elements are large swathes of single species planting linked together with other swathes of differently coloured and textured plants.

Perhaps it is a little too bright and tacky on the eye but cycling past this every day would give you a lift.

The benefits of this style is that it gives the eye a place to relax into and it creates ribbons of movement that give a musicality to a landscape, working especially well in an urban setting.

Also it is very low maintenance!

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Juliet's Chelsea Gold Medal

 Juliet Sargeant won a Gold Medal this year with her Anti-slavery garden brining awareness to the bonded labour being used throughout the world (It is estimated that their are more slaves now than their has been in the entire history of the world combined)

She told me she was 'sick of pinks and blues' and went for a hot pallet.

She has used bright red Lupins, copper coloured Verbascums, pastel coloured and bright orange Geums, Kent Pride Irises and purple Heuchera and Fireglow Euphorbia for the hot colours with Sesleria grass and Ammi Major (the white carrot flower) as a soft context for the other flowers.

It took my breath away when I first saw it.

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Perfect Combination

I love this combination for its colour and also variety of shapes. Every plant has at least 7 major contributions to a garden -its colour,fragrance, height, insect attractiveness,shape, movement and changeability through the seasons.

 

 

 

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agapanths

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This wonderful combination, by my garden design colleague Juliet Sargeant, combines the electric blue of Agapanthas with softness of Stipa tenuissima. 

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sedums and sea holly

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This is one of the most striking plant combinations I can imagine - Red Sedums and Sea holly

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