Chelsea planting for Philip Simmonds

We are again delighted to be planting for Philip Simmonds on his Chelsea stand. if you are lucky enough to be visiting Chelsea, do go and visit Philip and have a look at his wonderful sculptural ceramics. He is again in a prime position on the Rock Bank. We know that many people see plants they like and want to know the names, so rather than trying to give Philip and his team some extensive cue cards I have listed below the main ones! We are planting tomorrow and will be up at crack of dawn to get into the Chelsea mayhem again. Wish us luck!

Verbascum ‘Merlin’ A great example of why I always choose my plants in person- the photos of this on the web make it look much brighter whereas the colour is a delightful dusky pink

Lavandula stoechas ‘nuance blu’ Apparently featuring heavily at the Malvern show too, this particular variety is one I had not seen before- the picture darkens the tone which in reality has a lighter “head” with small purplish accents that fade to an almost red colour.

Viburnum plicatum ‘Maresii’-almost all viburnums are lovely. This one is not scented but the structure is wonderful. We liked it so much we used 2 of them.

You can just see my lovely Iris Siberia in front- Iris Siberia ‘Tropic Night’ 

Festuca amethystina – delightful grass with almost black seed heads

Hostas ‘Fire and Ice’ and ‘Devon Green’ I know the slugs love them but who can blame them!

Luzula nivaea– a good hardy grass that is very tolerant of a wide range of soils and gives this wonderful floaty effect

Cenolopheum denudata cow parsley to you and I- but one of a range of these plants that are a delight

Dill (Anethum graveolens) fluffy foliage and attractive flower heads 

Angelica archangelica– Star of the show with purplish stems and magnificent height and structure! Not quite sure how we are going to place these to make sure they don’t get in the way of Philip’s wonderful creations, but we are going to try!

Ligusticum lucidum– not ligustrum as it appeared on my delivery note from the supplier giving me a bit of a heart attack! This is a beautiful member of the ever popular cow parsley type plants, but the form is particularly elegant.

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