Monday, 13 June 2011

more inspiration from harlow carr....

A visit to the Royal Horticultural Society gardens at Harlow Carr near Harrogate, Yorkshire is always inspirational.

In the valley area developed by late curator Geoffrey Smith, the eye is led to a deep burgundy maple acer purpureum dissectum through the lush and contrasting foliage of large groups of ferns and hostas. In the foreground an astilbe tries to grab our attention. A simple planting scheme that works brilliantly.

Meadow areas are well represented in the informal planting of the gardens providing relaxed form and diverse colour for a long period.


Matron said...

Harlow Carr is very special! not least because there is a Betty's tea shop on site! They have the national collection of rhubarb at Harlow Carr!

Rob said...

Matron - dagbabbit! Been twice and never visited the national rhubarb collection!! A stem of rhubarb and a bag of sugar: do you remember that?
As for Betty's - visits are compulsory. Especially recommend their 'Fat Rascals'! Naughty but nice.