Top Euro­pean peren­ni­als

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Airy spires (be­low), that age well and look semi-trans­par­ent in drifts. un­sub­tle. All those browns and dark reds can get so bor­ing. I think the Bri­tish are still the masters, be­cause of the del­i­cacy and their use of colour.” (Len­nox-Boyd is per­mit­ted to say such nice things be­cause she is half-Ital­ian.) She ob­serves that the soft English light per­mits this kind of del­i­cacy, while in the Mediter­ranean it is usu­ally bet­ter to em­pha­sise the shape of plant­ings be­cause of the strength of the sun.

Gar­den de­signer Bunny Guin­ness high­lights the in­flu­ence of Chelsea Flower Show on taste, es­pe­cially a string of gar­dens spon­sored by Lau­rent-Per­rier through the 2000s.

“A lot of peo­ple copied that style,” she says. “It’s a more mud­dled-up look [than Ou­dolf ’s] but then again it’s only de­signed to look good for a week or so. My clients need some­thing that looks fine from the win­dows ev­ery day of the year. A sea of dead peren­ni­als doesn’t do that.

“I like to use shrubs, bulbs and lots of an­nu­als. I just find big pud­dles of peren­ni­als too re­lent­less, and rather bor­ing to gar­den. It’s lovely to see a gar­den age, as the three di­men­sions come into play. Shrubs and trees give

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