So it’s here at last, show-time in the garden! Chelsea may be the star, but to most gardeners nothing can rival a spectacular performance, the culmination of months of planning and hard work, in their very own plots, the proof of their own green fingers. April has cheered us with tender shoots, drifts of daffodils, and the froth of pink and white cherry blossom. By May, although brilliant displays of tulips and forget-me-nots continue for a week or two, it’s the burgeoning foliage both in our gardens and the countryside that takes our breath away and tells us that summer is on its way. The emphasis is on the leaves with a full palette of greens, from the silver green of the weeping pear to the lime green of the fresh growth on box hedges. In herbaceous borders the “greens” provide shape and texture from the whorls of geranium leaves to the blue green spears of irises and the soft mist of fennel. Purple tones, such as catmint shoots, the glaucous leaves of rosa rubrifolia and the unfurling sprigs of the purple-leaved hazel can enliven the scheme while white flowered shrubs such as the graceful rubus “Benenden” can make a superb background for the vivid flowers of scarlet oriental poppies and the drumsticks of alliums with their mauve and white blobs.
The full story appears from page 61 of our magazine.