Red hot pokers
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.