Must See Garden – Kew Gardens


With all the reporting on the Royal wedding and my wife heading over the pond to celebrate the big event I thought I would post about one the the gardens in England that is still on my must see list – Kew Gardens. Famous for its glass conservatory and amazing tree top tour, Kew Gardens is a must see not only for me but for all nature lovers. Some time soon I hope to have my own photos of the gardens to share, but until then here some images to inspire. You can also see more images at the Kew Gardens Flickr group.

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Steal this Landscape – Complementarity Colors

I created this landscape about 10 years ago for some wonderful clients. The design was based using complementarity colors, purple and yellow.  Below are some photos from the landscape long with the details on the plants used. I am trying to find a easy way to breakdown a landscape and identify plants for novices who would like to recreate the look. Let me know if you like this method or have any suggestions.
Front Lawn

Breakdown of Plants
1. Buxus ‘Green Velvet’ – Boxwood
2. Pennisetum ‘hamlen’ – Grass
3. Ilex ‘Blue Girl’ – Pyramidal
4. Allium ‘Gladiator’ – Purple flower (bulb)
5. Pervoski atriplicifolia – Russian Sage
6. Juniperus ‘Sun Gold’ 
Back Garden
Breakdown of Plants
1. Buxus ‘Green Velvet’ – Boxwood – same used in the front yard
2. Buxus ‘Green Mountain’ – Pyramidal flanking the door
3. Clematis ‘Jackmanii’ – Climber on the building
4. Lavendula ‘Hidcote’ – Lavender
The house sits above a pound and woods. The hill leading down is planted with acres yellow wildflowers. The   mass plantings allow the house to transition in to the surrounding natural elements.