About a year ago, Istvan Dudas sent us pictures of the private garden in the UK where he has worked to create a dreamy space full of a rich tapestry of colors. You can see that post here.
I’m thrilled that Istvan has sent us another batch of pictures of this incredible garden! It is beautiful and inspiring, and it makes clear that, as Istvan says, “gardening is not just a simple job, but also a passion and an art.”
This flower-filled border may look wild and untamed, but careful design also makes it work very effectively. By repeating the same plants throughout the border, Istvan draws the design together and makes it look whole and complete, while retaining that loose, meadowlike feeling.
Careful color choices pull this planting together, creating masses of pinks and blues, run through with a ribbon of contrasting soft yellow. This image also shows the careful breaking of the usual rule that insists on putting short plants in the front and taller ones in the back. Here, open, airy, taller plants are mixed throughout the border, giving it a wilder, loose look.
The dark purple of perennial sage (Salvia nemorosa, Zones 5–9) in the front and a delphinium (Delphinium elatum, Zones 2–7) in the back look all the darker and more dramatic for being paired with light, mostly white flowers.
Is it possible to imagine a better setting for the huge, bright orange flowers of an oriental poppy (Papaver orientale, Zones 3–7) than this? Absolutely magical.
This mass of blooms looks easy and effortless, as if they just sprang up that way, but creating a garden like this requires careful planning and enormous amounts of work.
The green globes of artichokes add a beautiful, unexpected contrast to this planting.
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