Church Barn – Planting

In order to increase biodiversity, the lawn was replaced with a substantial area of perennial planting. It now attracts many species of birds, butterflies and beneficial insects.

Two grasses – Sesleria autumnalis and Sporobolus heterolepis – form the matrix which underlies the entire planting, unifying the design. We then blended in layers of bulbs and over a thousand perennials, to ensure interest throughout the year.

Added to this mix are ten new multi-stem trees. Among them are our trademark Amelanchiers, as well as those other spring flowerers and autumn entertainers – Cercis siliquastrum, Koelreuteria paniculata and Magnolia x loebneri ‘Merrill’.

Finally, we clad the barn and the brick wall with climbing roses such as Rosa ‘Claire Austin’, ‘Mortimer Sackler’ and ‘The Generous Gardener’.

Spring

Summer

Autumn

Winter

Planting Palette

Acidanthera murielae

Allium giganteum

Allium hollandicum ‘Purple Sensation’

Allium ‘Mount Everest’

Allium schubertii

Eranthis hyemalis

Fritillaria meleagris

Galanthus nivalis

Iris reticulata

Leucojum aestivum

Nectaroscordum siculum

Nerine bowdenii ‘Alba’

Nerine bowdenii ‘Pink’

Agastache ‘Blue Fortune’

Allium ‘Summer Beauty’

Amsonia hubrichtii

Aquilegia vulgaris ‘Black Barlow’

Asclepias tuberosa

Aster cordifolius ‘Little Carlow’

Cyclamen hederifolium

Dianthus carthusianorum

Dianthus cruentus

Echinacea pallida ‘Hula Dancer’

Echinops bannaticus

Erigeron karvinskianus

Eryngium bourgatii

Eryngium yuccifolium

Geranium ‘Rozanne’

Gillenia trifoliata

Limonium latifolium

Lunaria rediviva

Nepeta racemosa ‘Walker’s Low’

Origanum laevigatum 'Herrenhausen'

Origanum vulgare

Phlomis russeliana

Pulsatilla vulgaris

Pycnanthemum muticum

Salvia ‘Blue Note’

Salvia ‘Hot Lips’

Salvia × sylvestris ‘Dear Anja’

Sanguisorba ‘Cangshan Cranberry’

Sanguisorba tenuifolia var. alba

Sedum ‘José Aubergine’

Thymus serpyllum

Tulbaghia violacea

Verbascum bombyciferum

Verbena hastata

Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’

Muhlenbergia capillaris

Sesleria autumnalis

Sporobolus heterolepis

Stipa gigantea

Stipa ichu

Stipa tenuissima

Lunaria annua ‘Chedglow’

Nigella damascena

Rosa ‘Claire Austin’

Rosa ‘Mortimer Sackler’

Rosa ‘The Generous Gardener’

Carpinus betulus

Prunus lusitanica

Rosa rugosa

Amelanchier lamarckii

Cercis siliquastrum

Koelreuteria paniculata

Magnolia x loebneri ‘Merrill’