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Summer in a UK Garden

Inspiring plant combinations

bright red poppy flowers in the sun

I’m always excited when I see an email from Istvan Dudas in the GPOD inbox. Today he’s sharing photos taken by Ukrainian photographer Maria Savoskula of the Stockcross House garden where Istvan is part-time head gardener.

Istvan has shared photos of his work with us before (Gardening as an Art Form) and do check those out if you’ve missed them.

Today we’re going to look at some photos taken in the garden over the summer, and tomorrow we’ll be back to enjoy some scenes from fall.

brick wall with arch that shows the garden beyondBeautiful brick walls divide the garden and frame views of the plantings beyond—here, the tall spires of lupines (Lupinus hybrids, Zones 3–7) and foxgloves (Digitalis purpurea, Zones 4–8).

garden border with structure that holds flowering vinesThe bold leaves of a banana add a tropical flair to this border, and the broad leaves contrast perfectly with the smaller foliage around it. Behind, you can see the tail end of the white wisteria blooms (Wisteria sinensis, Zones 6–10) still looking beautiful even as they fade.

bright red poppy flowers in the sunA cloud of brilliant red poppies (Papaver orientale, Zones 3–7), some of the brightest stars of the early summer garden.

close up of red, white, and blue flowersElegant spires of white foxgloves.

close up of garden bed with tropical foliage and summer flowersThe dark burgundy-red of the lupines in the foreground is picked up by the ribs of the banana leaf and the foliage of the smokebush (Cotinus coggygria, Zones 5–8) beyond, while the white foxgloves are echoed by the fading white wisteria in the background.

close up of orange and purple flowersThe dark orange blooms of a Calendula (annual) form a beautiful combination with the incredible purple bracts of Salvia horminum. This annual sage isn’t grown much in American gardens, but the beautiful bracts make a wonderful and unusual display.

meadow garden that leads to greenhouseA little greenhouse looks out over an informal meadow area.

red flowers in front of a dark red shrubBright lupine blooms burn against the backdrop of dark smoke bush foliage.

border of densely planted garden bedsThe neatly mown lawn and straight bed edges give a formal contrast to the wild abundance of the plants in the borders.

large, spiky foliage plant behind light pink flowersThe foliage of cardoon (Cynara cardunculus, Zones 7–9) is incredibly dramatic. This relative of artichokes will have huge purple flowers later, but the jagged, silvery foliage is often the star of the show.


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    treasuresmom 10/31/2022

    Istvan, thank you for sharing. This garden is amazing!

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    simplesue 10/31/2022

    A work of art! Wow! It's perfection!
    Love, love, love it!
    It's just amazing!!!

  3. sheila_schultz 11/01/2022

    It's always a joy to see photos of this magnificent garden, Istvan. Your work and vision is beyond words. I must say , I've never seen Lupines with such intense color. Wow! Thank you for inspiring my day!

  4. btucker9675 11/01/2022

    Those poppies, those lupines.... be still my heart! What a place!

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    vanhatalosuomi 11/02/2022

    lovely. Thanks for the view!

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