Remember how overexcited I got a few months ago when I found the super-simple but fabulously high-impact spring flowerbeds at Caversham Court? Well, it turns out that the gardeners at this place have a few summer tricks up their sleeves as well…
This bank has been planted up with lovely sun-loving, drought-loving perennials. The gardeners have stuck to only six different plants, and have repeated them over and over again in drifting lines. They could have crowded the space with all sorts of plants of all sorts of heights, but instead they have chosen to weave a pattern on the bank that pulls you up short.
In this planting scheme there are only two basic colour groups: blues and yellows. Each plant provides a variation of one of those colour groups, which are complementary colours with one another and create a warm, sharp contrasting pattern.
The extra-clever part of all this is that the wavy, drifty design is bordered by a smart brick wall and is next to a lawn divided by geometric stone patterns. So the whole bank is neatly contained. Oh, and here’s something else that entertained me while I was wandering around Caversham Court: