Wild Ideas

Bluebell Wood

Bluebell Wood

Some of the most important influences for garden style come from wild flowers. Look at woodland vistas with bluebells or wild garlic, and see what enabled the 19C style guru William Robinson to define and promote the concept of drift planting. Think of the colour and texture visible even in roadside hedges. Consider spring flowers on rocky coasts. Glance at a shady road bank, where common ferns show the perfection of varying green shades. Inspiration is everywhere, and many ideas can be used even in small gardens – just think of the Artisan Gardens at recent Chelsea shows or scaled up to add drama to an Exmoor stream.

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