ROBUST PLANTS FOR A CONTEMPORARY HERB PARTERRE
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.”