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The Daily Telegraph - Gardening - - Notebook -

Colour­ful, fun and ex­otic, they add punc­tu­a­tion to a long bor­der. you that but I’m not sure peren­ni­als do.”

The gar­den at Pet­tifers, in Ox­ford­shire, is the cre­ation of own­er­gar­dener Gina Price, and is reg­u­larly vis­ited by gar­den groups from as far afield as Ja­pan and South Amer­ica. Price has al­ways been open about her in­flu­ences. In the past she has de­scribed the way she took out most of the shrubs in her gar­den and re­placed them with grass, in line with New Peren­ni­als dik­tats.

But now… “I’ve started putting roses back in, hav­ing taken them all out. I’m still keen on some grasses – es­pe­cially Cala­m­a­grostis ‘Karl Fo­er­ster’, ‘Avalanche’, ‘Over­dam’ and the lovely pink-tinged ‘El­do­rado’ – but I don’t use them for struc­ture now.”

Price’s main in­ter­est is in fo­liage form but she also thinks about colour, pre­fer­ring vi­brant com­bi­na­tions, such as deep pink Monarda ‘Squaw’ next to or­ange kniphofias, “be­cause I’ve been to In­dia often and seen those colours”.

The Brexit com­par­i­son is, as they say, “for en­ter­tain­ment pur­poses only”, and in­tended to add to the gai­ety of our gar­den­ing na­tion. If va­ri­ety is the spice of our na­tional gar­den­ing life, then such dif­fer­ences of hor­ti­cul­tural opin­ion must be a form of in­tel­lec­tual com­post.

Thank good­ness there is no call for any kind of di­vi­sive ref­er­en­dum on our gar­den­ing style.

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