Mar 112012
 

Royal College of Physicians

I’ve seen silver birches underplanted with all kinds of things – snowdrops, anemones, cyclamen, bluebells etc – but never hellebores for some reason. The combination works so well – the pristine white of the petals complements the dazzling trunks of the small grove of Betula utilis ‘Jacquemontii’ trees perfectly.

This is a clever bit of planting. The hellebores will flower for a while yet, and will then give way to foxgloves. And that’s it. Simple, but very effective.

Mar 242011
 

Regents Park

The skies have been blue all week in London, not that you’d know it from this blog – so this pic should redress the balance. On the way to Regent’s Park this lunchtime, I walked past the Royal College of Physicians. Its themed raised beds always look good but this one looked especially lovely today, bursting with spring flowers. All the plants have discreet labels bearing their Latin names and you don’t even have to bend to read them, as the beds are at waist height.