Country gardens in Berkshire & Oxfordshire

A pretty knot garden/parterre in a large Berkshire garden by Jo Alderson Phillips

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Karina Sellars added this to Garden15 Aug 2019

Please the bees with lavender Lavandula is an essential ingredient of a scented garden, whether you plan to enjoy walking along a path flanked with bushes of this wonderful woody shrub, stroking its blooms, or watch the bees go mad for its nectar-rich flowers. This Mediterranean plant is drought-tolerant and therefore good for gravel gardens and even coastal ones. Lavenders thrive in poor, moderately fertile soil and need good drainage. In heavier soils, the plants will need replacing after a few years. As they don’t break readily from old wood, if they’re not pruned after flowering in late summer, then it’s down to the garden centre for more! When growing lavender as a hedge, try to plant on a ridge so the shrubs’ bases don’t get waterlogged. Space each plant around 30cm apart or, for larger specimens, 45cm apart. Two of the most hardy and popular varieties of lavender include Lavandula Angustifolia ‘Hidcote’, which has compact, grey-green foliage and dense, dark violet flowers, and Lavandula Angustifolia ‘Munstead’, which has dense, mid-green foliage and lavender-blue flowers. There are pink and white flowering lavenders, too, as well as the French Stoechas and Pedunculata cultivars, which have colourful bracts that resemble rabbit ears. These varieties tend to be less hardy and so are ideal for containers.

C B added this to My ideas1 May 2019

I love the geometry leading the eye in

Elisha Boulton added this to Garden21 Apr 2019

Lavender is always a great addition to the garden. Not only does it look gorgeous and give off a heavenly scent, bees love it too.

lkuhlemann added this to Photos for Raul13 Jan 2019

colors, path, guides you somewhere you can't quite see. maybe a bit too symmetrical/predictable

Kay Gardner added this to St Simons Island12 Jan 2019

Boxwood, lavender and sweet viburnum

kmarie1286 added this to Piazza Way, San Jose8 Dec 2018

I absolutely love the colors here.

Renee Golladay added this to Wish List10 Sep 2018

Evergreens and bee friendly plants

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