Garden Blog | June 2018
The Summer Borders
High summer is upon us now and our gardens are at their glorious best. Philadelphus and roses fill the garden air with their heady scent, as do ripening strawberries in the kitchen garden. We have a multitude of both roses and Philadelphus here at Deene Park. We also have masses of herbaceous plants, such as verbascums, salvias and sisyrinchium in full flower.
Regular Maintenance in the Gardens
Our top priority at this time of year is keeping the garden looking at its best. Mowing and edging lawns, watering and feeding container plants and deadheading faded flowers are all essential maintenance to keep our gardens looking tip-top. However, here at Deene Park we are selective about dead heading. We allow some plants to run to seed before they get the chop. Short lived perennials and biennials such as forget-me-nots, foxgloves and honesty need to go to seed to ensure that the next generation are able to follow on. We allow a host of plants to seed in our borders, to produce a very natural looking tapestry of colour and form. This is carried through the permanent herbaceous planting in our borders, holding the planting together in a very relaxed and natural country garden style. On our formal French style parterre we have a very different management style. To maintain formality, we do not allow self-seeding. All the plants present are placed in a specific spot and are maintained to ensure that the formal design is adhered to.
Clipping the Teapots and Lollipops
With formality in mind, we have just finished clipping our yew topiary teapots and hawthorn lollipops, which are both looking very crisp indeed now. Both the yew and the hawthorn will need to be clipped again later in the season, as they continue to grow. Next up is the job of clipping the box hedges of our parterre, which is quite a task. Box has, by now, stopped growing for the season and can be clipped with minimal regrowth, ensuring a neat appearance for the rest of the season. If you clip too early in the year you’ll have to do the job twice!
A Little Update on the New Rose Garden
The grass seed sown where bare soil was exposed due to reducing the width of the yew hedge has germinated nicely and is now being mown, blending in well with the established lawn. The exposed trunks and branches of the thinned hedge itself are also breaking into growth, as are the young yew bushes inter-planted to quicken the process of regeneration. Everything is on track for a lovely new rose garden.