Video from RHS- The Garden – http://www.rhs.org.uk/
Roy Lancaster is the ultimate plantsman. His garden, which is only one third of an acre, contains a thousand different plants. He wouldn’t dream of planting 12 of the same just because they made a nice display- far rather 12 different plants, however they looked together. And those plants aren’t just any old plants such as you might find in a garden centre- he relishes plants which are unusual, rare, strange and exotic- preferably plants which either he or a friend has found on a mountain side in deepest Asia or Africa.
In this month’s The Garden he describes 10 of his favourite plants from his own garden and in this video another half dozen- some of which I already have, but those which I don’t have I now covet. There are two which I particularly like. The first is the Cordyline Indivisa, which has larger leaves than the more common C. Australis. I’m a sucker for trees with impressive leaves. The other is the snake bark maple- white tigress (Acer tegmentosa) which has the most amazing striped green bark.
My big project this year is to create a new long border below the kitchen garden and I’m pleased to say that Roy lancaster has given me enough new ideas to fill it already.