Farlam and Chandler – a UK-based landscape design company, caught my eye months ago, and I’ve since been enjoying their beautiful projects and photography. They are a great Instagram account to follow for planting inspiration as well as for other interesting ideas and inspiring gardens.
Cosmos and Angelica
The combination of Angelica gigas and white cosmos is what originally caught my eye – I’ve been trying to think of something that would look great with my own Angelica for a couple of years, and this is perfect, don’t you think?
If you love the look of Angelica (it is a large and dramatic plant with interesting seed heads) – know that I can quite easily grow them year after year in a part shade bed by just shaking and shattering the previous year’s dead heads. These annuals readily and reliably (but not aggressively) reseed and come back annually with minimal effort.
Hedges and Meadows
The stylistic contrast between a wild and naturalistic planting scheme – where the plants are free to move about, evolve and great ecological communities and some tightly controlled planting (like a neatly clipped hedge) are a design formula that never seems to fails. Wild and tidy, its like when Cher dated Tom Cruise back in the 80’s – fascinating. I can’t look away.
Tiny Stone Dipping Pools
I’m also enjoying their eye for unique details like this stonework and small pool at a La Louve garden (above) in Bonneiux, France, and the practical and pretty plant supports they captured at Sarah Raven’s Perch Hill Garden (Below).
Beautiful Twig Plant Supports
Perch Hill is the garden of Sarah Raven – a woman who has not only grown an inspiring collection of plants but she has built a formidable business around her skills. She is completely worth knowing and following for plant and flower garden and design advice, but also because – she is just amazing all around.
This shot has me lamenting (for the millionth time) the fact that I have had no luck whatsoever growing verbena bonariensis in my garden.
(Honestly, has anyone grown it with abandon in New England?). I don’t want to hear about you being able to keep it alive – I want to hear about how you might be able to have it romping around happily – as if it actually likes to grow here. Is it even possible? LMK.
It is one of the plants I covet most from all the gardeners who completely take it for granted and how easily they can have this sweet plant that grows and spreads in any place they like. Oh, how I wish.
Thyme and Fleabane (Erigeron)
Creeping thyme and Erigeron are another planting combo that that I am contemplating trying to implement in my own garden.
I’ve spent a lot of time renovating my front entry garden this season – there have been big changes, but there is still lots left to do! (More plants and some hardscaping changes to come next year, when I have a bit more budget). I’ve been contemplating how hard it would be for someone to wrap monolithic pavers up and put them under the Christmas tree. Too hard, right? I worry they would crash Santa’s sleigh…
Regardless, I think these two plants would be the perfect pair for in between those new front walkway stones.
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