The Spring Palette

Bright Ideas

Recalling the charismatic planting of Vita Sackville-West, white gardens are famously exquisite, but there is joy to be had by advancing along the colour spectrum in late spring.

A taste for brightness is not new: complex Elizabethan knot gardens, evoking contemporary embroidery, were in-filled with jewel-like roses and irises, and the first clematis – a deep purple Clematis Viticella – arrived during this period. Late Georgian gardens, embracing the idea of a new arcadia, spectacularly included the first Wisterias seen in England, gracing many a neo-classical façade. And then came Gertrude Jekyll, the bespectacled Victorian gardener with serious boots and painterly vision, who set the Cottage Garden border alight.

Gleaming Spires