9 key plants from this clas­sic Cotswold gar­den

Gardens Illustrated Magazine - - Country 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.

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