On entering the long walk, the first garden area you will see is designed to give a sense of rhythm, with repeated form and colour over a long flowering period. The summer garden, designed by Head Gardener, Nick Haworth, gives maximum ‘flower power’ from herbaceous plants with a repeated structural foil provided by grasses. Staff at the plant centre say they often hear the “wows” as visitors see the summer garden for the first time. Although designed for the summer, this garden holds well into Autumn. We have the luxury of space to develop a repeated pattern, but there are plenty of ideas here to take home and try out on a smaller scale.
Planting includes low drifts of Geranium, Potentilla, Astrantia, Persicaria, Geum and Echinacea interspersed with Stipa and Calamagrostis grasses. Medium height drifts of Eryngium, Astilbe, Sanguisorba and Rogersia merge with these and the taller plantings of Lythrum, Eupatorium, Actaea and Helenium. All are interspersed with the imposing, high-impact grasses of Miscanthus and Molinia.