‘A River Runs Through It’ is the title of a 1992 Robert Redford movie starring Brad Pitt set in Montana. It is an equally appropriate title for the majority of gardens I have designed, or redesigned in recent years. I am still experimenting but creating a river of a specific plant which performs for a long period such as Geranium ‘Rozanne’, Heuchera ‘Prince’, Hakonechloa macra, Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigrescens’ can add a dramatic effect in a large or small garden. The design principals are outlined in articles I have written for Garden Design (U.S.) and The R.H.S. Garden Magazine, and examples can be seen below and on other web pages, and I will add both images and more information in due course.
Following lectures I have given in the U.K. and the U.S.A., the river idea has created the most interest from gardeners and landscapers who are eager to create their own. Give it some thought. Better still why not visit Bressingham to see examples for yourself?
Let’s start with the question; do you need to have training as a garden designer to create dramatic and pleasing plant oriented design? Of course not, although many might choose this option, just as many will get ideas from books on gardens and be inspired to want to create their own design and plant combinations. We hope you will find some of our ideas shown in the images on this website inspirational, and even more so when you visit us at Bressingham Gardens. Here is a beginning…
Arguably the most interesting and enjoyable activities in gardening are designing (not necessarily on paper) and planting a new bed or border. Gardening certainly involves maintenance, but we can all be creative in small or bigger ways when we look at how we can enhance our garden. At Bressingham we have planted and replanted on a grand scale over many years, but many of the ideas and combinations can be adapted for smaller gardens too. In recent years Adrian Bloom in particular has created planting combinations with conifers, shrubs, perennials and grasses in The Winter Garden, The Summer Garden, The Fragrant Garden, Adrian’s Wood and above all Foggy Bottom. Some of those are shown in the images below. Please refer to Blooms Best for further information and Adrian Bloom’s most recent book Blooms Best Perennials and Grasses (etc.)