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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.