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Drift planting a la Chris Beardshaw on Beechgrove Garden

CloggieCloggie Cambs Fens but not black soilPosts: 1,444

I watched with interest Chris Beardshaw giving a demonstration on how to plant up a bed that will be viewed from both sides on Beechgrove Garden on catch up this morning.  He was demonstrating the difference between drift planting and the more traditional methods of tall at the back and short at the front.

I'd love to see more of this type of thing on TV.  I always enjoy anything about gardening on the small screen but watching this made me realise that it's the first thing I've seen in years that was new to me.  I've heard of drift planting and I understand the principle but I don't remember anyone showing us how to achieve it.

Anyone else behind the times and ready for a shake up? image

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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,190

    I think the only drawback is that you need a sizeable area to do it successfully. Are you planning on having a go Cloggie?  image

    I enjoyed the garden visit. I love a bit of topiary  image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • CloggieCloggie Cambs Fens but not black soilPosts: 1,444

    I looooovved the mad hatter topiary guy, wasn't he brilliant?  A salmon next to a pig, bit odd, but the plants spoke to him ha ha.  And that train carriage with a 'ikkle train set running round inside - fantastic.

    I am thinking of having a go at it Fairy in my new Island bed.  I need ethereal planting so it doesn't obscure the view so those grasses looked great.

  • raisingirlraisingirl East Devon, on the Edge of Exmoor.Posts: 5,903
    Cloggie says:

    I looooovved the mad hatter topiary guy, wasn't he brilliant?  A salmon next to a pig, bit odd, but the plants spoke to him ha ha.  And that train carriage with a 'ikkle train set running round inside - fantastic.

    See original post

    It was 'sit-ooterie' that made me laugh. The drift planting inspired my OH. He's promised to build a new terrace bed so I can have a go image

    “Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first” 
  • CloggieCloggie Cambs Fens but not black soilPosts: 1,444

    Yeah, ... a place where we "sit- oot" ha ha.

  • ann394ann394 Posts: 11

    I have just moved into a house with a boggy garden and a few pryacanthus (ouch) plants in it. Any ideas on what I can do with it all? 

  • hogweedhogweed Central ScotlandPosts: 4,045

    I would have loved a bit more time on what Chris was doing. I must log on to the site and see if they have a planting plan or list of plants. Great to see something new.

    'Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement' - Helen Keller
  • ButtercupdaysButtercupdays Posts: 4,125

    Ann394 - you may get more responses if you start a new thread with your specific questionimage

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,190

    hogweed - if you subscribe to the newsletters, you'll get info. I think the planting might be on that, or you could request it perhaps?

    The train  was great fun. There's a retired art teacher who lives near me , and he has a 'sitooterie' in his garden too image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • CloggieCloggie Cambs Fens but not black soilPosts: 1,444

    I have a sitooterie, it's my summer house, I've just never called it that before image

  • CloggieCloggie Cambs Fens but not black soilPosts: 1,444
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