Barrie’s favourite plants in the Eildon garden
• Silver birch (Betula pendula) – I really love a grove of these trees. • Purple leaf plum (Prunus cerasifera ‘Nigra’) – the purple foliage adds depth and contrast to the garden. • Rosa ‘Duet’ – it thrives here; I like to plant it with ‘Bella Rosa’ in the foreground. • Hollyhocks (Alcea rosea) – an old-fashioned perennial that adds height, colour and impact to a mixed border. • ‘Iceberg’ roses – for an abundance of white and green. • Boxwood (Buxus ‘Faulkner’) – perfect as a small hedge; it grows slowly but always looks neat.
• Viburnum sinensis and Viburnum tinus ‘Lucidum’ – both grow well as a hedge and provide a lovely green backdrop for a flowerbed. • Irises provide a mass of spring flowers; their strappy grey-green leaves look good all year round. • Hellebores (Helleborus spp.) – a shade-loving plant with beautiful flowers in winter. • Spiderwort (Tradescantia
virginiana) – a hardy plant for the edge of a bed which bears abundant deep blue flowers. Visitors to my garden request this plant regularly – it is highly sought-after!