Ed­i­tor’s let­ter

Gardens Illustrated Magazine - - Editors Letter - LUCY BEL­LAMY, ED­I­TOR

In the 1990s, a new wave of nurs­ery­men, in­clud­ing Piet Ou­dolf and Cas­sian Sch­midt, out­lined a new way of plant­ing that was all about form and tex­ture and claimed never to think about colour. It chal­lenged tra­di­tional ideas about what made an in­cred­i­ble gar­den, and the idea be­came main­stream. In this is­sue of Gar­dens Il­lus­trated, we visit a gar­den de­signed by the Bel­gian nurs­ery­man Jan Spruyt that ref­er­ences many of th­ese ideas, but that is a kalei­do­scope of colour. A master­class in clever com­bi­na­tions, at this time of year it’s full of au­tumn’s bruised tones (page 76).

Land­craft, on Long Is­land, New York State, are gar­dens with a pre­cise and painterly plant­ing ap­proach. Writer and plants­man Daniel J Hink­ley vis­its the nurs­ery­men-own­ers Den­nis Schrader and Bill Smith (page 34), and shares 24 of their favourite late-sea­son plants.

Our gar­den­ing tal­ent this month is Will Smith­son, head gar­dener at South Wood Farm in Devon and @sole­gar­dener on In­sta­gram. He reg­u­larly posts won­der­ful pic­tures of his work. Cur­rent theme: warm colour. He ex­plains how in­creas­ingly he is us­ing the so­cial me­dia site as a source of in­spi­ra­tion for his work (page 31). Oc­to­ber = colour for max­i­mal­ists. I hope you en­joy the is­sue.

Colour rules in a prairie-style gar­den de­signed by Jan Spruyt that makes the most of each sea­son’s pal­ette, page 76. The berries of ‘Michael Dodge’ are part of the late-sea­son pal­ette at Land­craft, page 34. Vibur­num di­lata­tum

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