Gardens Illustrated Magazine - - Dig In Plantsman’s Favourites -

Thomas has used box through­out the gar­den, planted against yew to be clipped into stepped hedges, so that the bright green of the box will con­trast with the deep, green of the yew. For the herb parterre, he chose plants that would be tough al­ter­na­tives.

Teu­crium x lu­cidrys “One of my top tips. A pretty, in­de­struc­tible, ev­er­green peren­nial with aro­matic, dark-green leaves and clus­ters of bee-friendly pink flow­ers – it is bril­liant for lin­ing a path­way.”

La­van­dula x chay­to­riae ‘Richard Gray’ “A re­ally neat, com­pact laven­der that looks good year-round, with felted grey leaves and sweetly scented, rich-pur­ple flow­ers.”

Salvia x sylvestris ‘Dear Anja’ “When it goes over, ‘Dear Anja’ looks good for much longer than the muchused ‘Mainacht’.”

Ber­beris thun­bergii f. at­rop­ur­purea “A bit of an ex­per­i­ment, but I love its vi­brant red au­tumn colour. Ber­beris has an old-fash­ioned rep­u­ta­tion but it is time to look at it afresh.”

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