As seen on Gardener’s World

Ellicar Gardens opens for the National Garden Scheme
25th Feb 12noon-4pm

explore our 5 acre gardens with grasses and seed heads left standing around our Natural Pool for winter.
Our Winter Garden is full of fragrant flowering shrubs, snowdrops and hellebores
Enjoy swathes of fiery Cornus and coloured willows and specimen trees with winter bark.
adults £4.50 children free.
combined entry with Holmes Villa, Walkeringham
Plant sales, teas at Holmes Villa.

Where is Spring?

What a gardening disaster this spring is turning out to be! Had so many plans for the garden this weekend but woke up to 2” of snow this morning so all that went out the window!

However, I have indulged in some productive armchair gardening that is nearly as good as, and sometimes even better than, the real thing. With armchair gardening, plants never die and borders are stunning.

This morning I sat and planned the new 20m long beach border adjacent to the pool – quite a tricky border acting as a buffer between the garden and a late season wildflower meadow (yet to be sown and another potential gardening disaster!).

I have chosen airy grasses in swathes like deschampsias and molineas, with some miscanthus in between (miscanthus are great here for creating a localised wind shield for other plants to cosy up to). I will weave through the grasses some native meadow wildflowers like filipendula, burnett, scabious, oxe eye daisies and weld, together with some naturalistic looking reliable perennials like echinacea pallida, veronicastrum, eupatorium.  For structure we planted an Acer rubrum and Euoymus europaeus- both have fantastic Autumn leaf colour too.

I’m hoping to create an ornamental version of the wildflower meadow beyond, that will look lovely near the water’s edge and fit in well with the wild garden beyond. I can’t wait to get started on this border- I only hope it looks half as good in reality as it does from my armchair!!