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Clipped box is used to cre­ate the parterre struc­ture of this cir­cu­lar bed, which has David Har­ber’s Dark Planet pud­dle­stone sculp­ture at its cen­tre. The meadow-like ef­fect of the in­fill plant­ing is com­posed of As­tran­tia ‘Buck­land’, Scabiosa ‘But­ter­fly Blue’, Al­lium hol­landicum ‘Pur­ple Sen­sa­tion’, Al­lium cristophii, Al­lium schu­ber­tii and Aconi­tum napel­lus subsp. vul­gare ‘Al­bidum’.

Fra­grant Rosa Mary Rose (= ‘Aus­mary’) is re­peated through the bor­ders in groups of three at stag­gered in­ter­vals to cre­ate a more re­laxed scheme. To­wards the shadier end of the bor­ders it is re­placed by shell-pink Rosa ‘Stan­well Per­pet­ual’ which con­tin­ues to bloom un­til late in the sea­son.

Drifts of Al­lium hol­landicum ‘Pur­ple Sen­sa­tion’ in the cir­cu­lar bed make a vis­ual link with the dou­ble bor­ders where, sup­ported by rusted steel spikes, they are also wo­ven through the herba­ceous plant­ing. In win­ter the steel spikes pro­vide punc­tu­a­tion marks through the bor­ders.

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