NYMANS AUGUST 2018

The last time I was at Nymans was on a cut glass day in December 2017, just after fresh snow had fallen the night before. If you want to see the importance of a good yew hedge to a garden in winter this is an excellent place to go. Under a cloudless sky of deepest azure, the dark solid greens of taxus baccata defined the structure. Without them, in winter, the garden merges into the landscape.

Eight months later, after one of the hottest and driest summers on record, I was intrigued to see how the garden was faring.  It was holding up well, with banks of helenium, sprays of pervoskia against that stately yew and meadows of helianthus, poppies and cornflowers all making the most of the conditions. The long border featured dahlias in burgundies and reds near repeating clumps of Persicaria amplexicaulis. Shocking pink zinnias at the front of the border were set off by bright green coleus ('Versa Lime' I suspect). When you've seen a lot of beautifully planted borders in famous gardens you might start to think it's pretty easy to do. I think not. A clump of nepeta in the wrong place or one clashing colour too many and the whole thing can tip over. The good news is that the perennials won't mind being moved.....long as it's not too hot......

 

Unruly perovskia framed by yew and box, Nymans

Unruly perovskia framed by yew and box, Nymans