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Country Estate Traditional Landscape, Sussex

Extensive English Cottage Perennial Borders Surrounded by Mature Yew Hedging
This is an example of a traditional landscaping in Sussex. — Houzz

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New Life Lawn Services & Snow Removal wrote:
What kind of tree/bush is it with the red leaves?
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New Life Lawn Services & Snow Removal

Thanks for getting back to me. I appreciate it!

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Brad Edwards

Wow this is one of the best formally informal borders I have seen. I love it. I really like the pea gravel edge to keep the grass out and also creates a walking path. The design is nice so if something dies its not a biggy. Looks like bee heaven.

seaglo wrote:
How long would you estimate this look took to fill out?
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Elemental Designs

Thanks for your question, this garden was built from scratch and was originally a field. All the plants you see in this photo were planted in April 2012 and this photo was taken in 2014. The key is not to plant too close together, they look like dead sticks when they first go in and many clients initially think that you have underplanted their garden.

Perennials plants, as per the ones in the photo, establish and spread out fairly quickly. The yew hedging behind was already 2.5m tall when planted. In March this year (2016) we undertook the first splitting and moving of the plants to fill gaps or put plants elsewhere in the garden. We have been adding well rotted manure each Autumn and this year the soil quality is great and hopefully 2016 will be a good show.

It is the one job that I have not really left and learnt so much from. This is an exposed site with heavy clay soil and I visit regularly and I am always constantly amazed at the ability of plants to thrive even in tough conditions.

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mjsavage wrote:
What is the tall purple spikes & the yellow plant in left front
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Elemental Designs

Sorry for the delay in responding, Yellow flower is Eriophyllum lanatum and the blue flower is Salvia nemorosa Ostfriesland. Regards, Rachel.

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Jessica Nockolds added this to The Garden Edge: Rethink Your Garden Pathways
Fragrance. Few things are lovelier than catching the aroma of some beautifully fragrant flowers while walking down a path. Sweetly perfumed flowering plants can give you a sensory connection with the garden that can last a lifetime. If you are sensitive to strong perfumes, you can still enjoy this sensation; just choose plants with aromas that suit your nose. And don’t limit yourself to fragrant flowers when there are so many plants that release delicious scents when you brush against their foliage. Consider plants such as mintbush (Prostanthera ovalifolia), scented-leaf geranium (Pelargonium domesticum) in scents of lemon, rose and mint, or the amazing lavenders, which pack a double punch for having fragrant flowers and foliage.8 Plants for a Deliciously Fragrant Fall Garden
Marianne Lipanovich added this to How to Get More Plants for Free
Rooting Stem and Leaf Cuttings Depending on the plant, you can root stem cuttings in water or a soilless growing mix, or you can take leaf cuttings and root them in a growing mix. Whichever method you use, take cuttings from healthy, flowerless stems or foliage.For the best results, water the plant thoroughly several hours or the day before you take either stem or leaf cuttings. If you can’t root the cuttings immediately, wrap them in damp paper towels and place them in a plastic bag. Once your new plants have grown roots, treat them as you would seedlings.Learn more about starting plants
Lauren Dunec Design added this to 8 Gorgeous Planting Combinations for Fall Gardens
1. Dazzling perennial border. The deep floral borders of this home in Sussex, England, celebrate the transition of summer into fall in all its glory. The blazing color palette of ruby red, deep purple, orange, gold and lavender creates a high-contrast display where the colors nearly vibrate in close proximity. Two red-leaved deciduous shrubs, ‘Grace’ smoke bush and ‘Lady in Red’ ninebark, stand backlit at the center of the bed, their leaves glowing like translucent jewels. Perennials such as dark purple ‘Ostfriesland’ sage, bright gold woolly sunflower, pale purple cranesbill and hot orange avens fill in the bed with saturated hues.Plant combination:‘Grace’ smoke bush (Cotinus ‘Grace’, USDA zones 4 to 9, find your zone)‘Lady in Red’ ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Lady in Red’, zones 2 to 7)Common woolly sunflower (Eriophyllum lanatum, Zone 3)‘Ostfriesland’ sage (Salvia nemorosa ‘Ostfriesland’, zones 4 to 8)Avens (Geum sp.)‘Rozanne’ cranesbill (Geranium ‘Rozanne’, zones 4 to 9)Water requirement: ModerateLight requirement: Full sun

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