John Manser’s gardening lore

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❍ My favourite plants are gera­ni­ums, be­cause they come in so many dif­fer­ent heights, forms and colours; cam­pan­u­las, for much the same rea­sons; and vibur­nums, be­cause they’re long-flow­er­ing, hardy, oblig­ing, many are scented and they come in many dif­fer­ent forms

❍ Gar­dens are sculp­tures in them­selves and, like sculp­tures, they de­pend on con­trasts of form and tex­ture. Those are far more im­por­tant and long-last­ing than flow­ers

❍ A gar­den should flow. It’s some­thing to walk around, to ex­plore, so I don’t like gar­dens of ‘rooms’, which cut off one sec­tion from the next. In­stead, I think in terms of ar­eas, one lead­ing nat­u­rally into the next

❍ I ap­prove of self-seed­ers such as pop­pies and al­li­ums, be­cause they help a gar­den to look healthy and re­laxed. On the other hand, there’s a world of dif­fer­ence be­tween look­ing re­laxed and be­ing out of con­trol. Prun­ing is im­por­tant. Al­ways walk round your gar­den with your se­ca­teurs in your hand

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