Bridge Nursery, Napton, Warwickshire, 10 July 2011

Yet again this weekend I found myself in Warwickshire. I wanted to look in once again on Bridge Nursery, and also any village garden openings.

Above are some pics taken in the display garden at Bridge Nursery. The roses are coming still in flower, but now it is the herbaceous plants and grasses that are coming into their own.

This is a lovely garden, open next week and throughout the summer under the NGS scheme.

I like planting combinations, and the ones here put into place by Christine Dakin, partner in the nursery, work very well. Soil here is heavy and as I have had to in the past in a heavy North Bucks clay garden, beds have been both raised and improved.

I have taken a series of pics of the schemes that struck me. The following in particular struck me, but these are by no means an exhaustive listing.

The tawny red-brown of Chionochloa rubra, and Carex flagellifera with the green-white thimble-likeflowers of Eryngium agavifolium.

 Blue grasses ( Elymus magellanicus) with orange-golden marigolds – ordinary calendulas or pot marigolds ( Calendula officinalis), and the dark foliage of  a low, dark-foliaged sedum, Sedum BERTRAM ANDERSEN perhaps?.

Pale yellow Anthemis tinctoria SAUCE HOLLANDAISE,with the yellow flowers of a Hemerocallis hybrid and golden foliage of Carex elata BOWLES GOLDEN SEDGE.

The magenta-red of everlasting sweet pea ( Lathyrus latifolius) combined with  a scented groundcover rose – one I believe to have been Rosa GROUSE. In any event the rose had the scent that the everlasting sweet pea lacks.

The palest pink daisies of Erigeron QUAKERESS with, in differing pics, an Aster novae-angliae hybrid in a stronger pink-shade and a new and small specimen of Sambucus nigra EVA – more commonly called Sambucus BLACK LACE.

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