How to bring colour into your Dorset garden
At Western Gardens in Branksome Park, Peter Jackson has created a garden that offers all year round colour. We asked him to share some tips on how to achieve this
Winter is the time to take to one’s armchair and plan what to plant and sow in your garden. If creating a garden with all round colour is top of your list then read on...
We’ve enlisted the help of keen gardener Peter Jackson who regularly opens his magnificent plot in Poole to the public - Western Gardens in Branksome Park - for the National Gardens Scheme (NGS). Peter and his wife Pauline started their garden, surely one of the most colourful ‘all year round’ gardens in Dorset, in 1976. To achieve this they combined well-known plants and shrubs with some more unusual additions from around the world, including rare and exotic species.
“The really cold winters are less frequent now than they were 50 years ago,” said Peter. “Many of the plants which previously I would take indoors over winter are now perfectly happy to stay in the ground.”
He goes on to tell me that more rare plants flowered better than ever in the heat wave which followed the snows and frosts of early 2018. He reckons that many plants have survived below -6°C in recent winters even though they’re catalogued as ‘not suitable below freezing’. “Oleanders for example need a minimum 10°C but they have survived against the house wall for the past 30 years.”