9 key plants from this classic Cotswold garden
Cardiocrinum giganteum Emma grew this giant Himalayan lily in a pot. It looked wonderful but, being monocarpic, died after flowering. She collected the seed but it can take seven years to flower. 2m. RHS H5, USDA 7a-9b†.
Lonicera caprifolium ‘Anna Fletcher’ This stunner is the first climber in the garden to bloom, producing a profusion of creamy-white, fragrant flowers in spring. 4m. RHS H5, USDA 7a-9b.
Geranium palmatum Divided evergreen foliage surrounds pink flowers. Marginally tender but worth the gamble as it self-seeds prolifically. 1m. AGM*. RHS H4, USDA 8a-10b.
Syringa vulgaris ‘Sensation’ Easy to grow and one of Emma’s favourite lilacs. Each individual flower is surrounded by distinct white margins and it looks pretty cut for the house. 5m. AGM. RHS H6, USDA 3a-7b.
Paeonia emodi This beautiful species peony has deeply divided leaves with flowers, in May, of great purity. 80cm. RHS H8, USDA 7a-10b. Amsonia tabernaemontana salicifolia This clump-forming, sky-blue perennial is useful and easy to grow for the front of any border. 60cm. RHS H5, USDA 3a-9b.
Geranium phaeum ‘Samobor’ This grows easily in shade, so is useful, and flowers in early spring. Emma loves the colour. 60cm. RHS H7, USDA 4a-9b.
Chaerophyllum hirsutum ‘Roseum’ This lovely, hairy chervil looks like pink cow parsley. It is easily grown and flowers in May. 1m. RHS H7, USDA 6a-9a.
Cydonia oblonga The deciduous quince tree grows in a most satisfying rounded shape. The single, very pale-pink, flowers are pure and pretty. 5m. RHS H5, USDA 5a-8b.