Tuesday, 27 September 2011


Pensthorpe, Near Fakenham, Norfolk, England.

Having been inspired by the gushing Carol Klein on BBC Gardeners' World, we travelled across to see Piet Oudolph's recreated garden at Pensthorpe.

Although we had probably arrived a number of weeks after the garden was at its best, it remained inspirational.

Here you can see the effective use of grasses in the planting scheme and the complementary colour and form of those perennials still in flower.

I particularly love the longevity of this planting style. The seed heads are left to provide texture and structure a long time after the flowers have finished. This is ideal for invertebrates and birds providing shelter and food throughout the winter.

The site is strimmed in February to allow the perennials and grasses to flourish again.

Strimming .. hasn't scything reached Pensthorpe yet...?

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