10 July 2013
I am really very excited to have been asked to design the late annual borders at Cottesbrooke Hall. We have selected a really lovely mix of annuals with a lilac and pink colour scheme including those pictured here (hover cursor over image for names). I have designed the borders to flower from August through to the first frosts, giving this part of the gardens at Cottesbrooke a fabulous and colourful late flowering feature.
Although the borders have been designed and planted as a temporary fixture until the permanent design for this area is finalised, we are all so excited about their development that I suspect we could carry them on for a few years if we like the results.
We started by editing undesirable plants from the area and adding four blocks of copper beech into the corners of the Pool Garden. The cubes act as brackets, giving the scheme weight and structure. The cubes also give this garden a connection to the Sculpture Walk which sits just outside the boundary and also features beech cubes.
The feel of the annual scheme is casual and meadowy - I wanted the garden to be simplified to allow the plants some breathing room. In the autumn we will add roses to the walls and in time the area could become a rose garden.
We were up at the garden a couple of weeks ago to plant out and with the gloriously warm weather we have enjoyed since then, the plants should be establishing themselves quickly.
In addition to those plants pictures here, the Cottesbrooke Hall annual border includes a large number of dahlias for late colour and a softer mix of:
Ageratum houstonianum 'White Bouquet'
Atriplex hortensis var.rubra
Consolida ajacis 'Misty Lavender'
Nigella damascena 'Albion Black Pod'
Cosmos bipinnatus 'Double Click Rose Bonbon'
Cosmos bipinnatus 'Double Click Cranberries'
Papaver somniferum 'Dark Plum'
Salvia leucantha 'Purple Velvet'
Amberboa muricata 'Desert Star'