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Agapanthus lining a path at Trengwainton, Cornwall. Although a bold display, this effect will be short lived, and yet to add other plants to extend the season would dilute the overall effect. This is one of the great dilemmas of gardening; do something very bold that will last for a few weeks or try to keep a long season of interest?

Agapanthus lining a path at Trengwainton, Cornwall.

Plant a Perennial Food Garden - Gardening - Mother Earth Living

Plant a Perennial Food Garden

Working in the garden has always soothed my soul. Grow these perennial food plants, and you’ll enjoy the fruits of your labors for many seasons to come.

To create a decent depth of border at Knightshayes, Devon, the path has been moved to one side of the terrace. If the path was central to the terrace it would create two very narrow borders with limited potential for planting.

To create a decent depth of border at Knightshayes, Devon, the path has been moved to one side of the terrace. If the path was central to the terrace it would create two very narrow borders with limited potential for planting.

Lawn Striping: How to Mow Ballpark Grass Patterns in Your Yard

Lawn Striping: Mow Ballpark Grass Patterns in Your Yard with a roller system!

Lush exotic border at Trelissick, Cornwall. The two secrets to this are 1) scale (big plants, big clumps, big border), and 2) allowing enough space in front to stand back and take it in! Without a good sized open space in front this border would be overwhelming. Scale is crucial here!

Lush exotic border at Trelissick, Cornwall. The two secrets to this are 1) scale (big plants, big clumps, big border), and 2) allowing enough space in front to stand back and take it in! Without a good sized open space in front this border would be overwhelming. Scale is crucial here!

In October Chris and I visited West Dean Gardens, we stayed quite late and as the dusk deepened we walked between these fabulous borders in the walled garden. To me the colours sing all the more when the sun has almost gone.

In October Chris and I visited West Dean Gardens, we stayed quite late and as the dusk deepened we walked between these fabulous borders in the walled garden. To me the colours sing all the more when the sun has almost gone.

Trematon Castle in Cornwall, home of designers Isabel and Julian Bannerman

Required Reading: Landscape of Dreams, the Bannermans' Cornish Castle Garden - Gardenista

As always a path that leads, not to nowhere, but to anywhere - a place where time stands still, a place where dragons and unicorns play, a place of mystical  . . .   ---  EDK

I love how the trees draw you to walk.the lush carpet of grass beneath your feet and the sprinkle of flowers beside the path. So inspiring and thrilling a walk down this path would be!

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