Counting down to tulip season! Legend Beatrix Farrand wrote in 1941, “In the spring, probably the best bulbs to use will be Tulips, in such colors as may be found attractive. The cheapest groups which can be bought in large quantities are those of the mixed Darwins, preferably running toward the yellows, bronzes, and oranges..." Her Plant Book for Dumbarton Oaks is full of garden advice...Read More
For shear boldness, color, and fragrance, it’s hard to beat a visit to a Dutch bulb farm during the flowering season. Thanks to the bulb farmers like these in Lisse, the Netherlands we get to enjoy these beauties for less than $1 a piece. Where did they come from and how did they get here?Read More
One of my favorite gardenesque gardens is on London’s Victoria Embankment between Waterloo Bridge and Golden Jubilee Bridge. With my office on this street I had an excuse to walk through this garden often and was never disappointed.
Victoria Embankment is one of London’s busiest streets; it follows the Thames river. This garden is easy to miss, with only a few gates leading to the long but narrow space off of Victoria Embankment. The edges are soft with trees and shrubs planted organically; paved paths divide the narrow garden in half. A high brick wall shelters the garden from the gritty, noisy street to the south and the busy Embankment tube stop that sits at one end of the garden. In the garden, the contrast in the sound level is most dramatic and welcome.
Opened in 1865 with a design by Joseph Bazelgette, the garden provides a series of rectangular garden beds that change year round. The photos above from spring show designs typical of the gardenesque style. Notice how the planting scheme amplifies the beauty of the individual plant specimens. It doesn't try to arrange them as them might appear in nature.
This garden provides great ideas for combining colors.
See other gardenesque examples here.