The English Garden at the Minneapolis Home and Garden show is actually a series of gardens, each designed and planted by a Twin Cities landscaping firm. I’ve only been to Britain once and gardens were not on the agenda, though my younger daughter, then age 9, and I had a great time at the London Zoo, which has a garden-like feel and is located in Regent’s Park, home to a fabulous rose garden. I remember the day because she was so amazed that some kids considered baked beans on toast delicious fast food. Ah, the wonders of travel. In any case, I’m no judge of how realistic the 10 English Gardens at the home show are, but a couple of the gardens caught my eye.
This Cineraria is the bluest plant I have ever seen. The folks at Masterpiece Landscaping in Minnetonka used drifts of blue, blue-purple, and blue-white Cineraria to great effect in their garden. Josh Jerde of Masterpiece told me that the plant is not used much because the blooms fade by mid-June and the foliage is not exciting. I had to take a picture of this eagle garden sculpture nearby. I’m not sure what kind of a garden you would need to have one of these planted in it, except it would have to be very, very large.
I also liked the cottage garden. I believe the firm that did it is called Botanical, but I’m not positive. They used some cottage-y plants, like hydrangea and clematis, and combined them with interesting, unusual evergreens, including this evergreen on a stick. I’m planning to convert the bed in front of my house to a much more cottage look–though our house is more aptly described as a snout house rather than a cottage–but I like the feel of fullness and color that cottage gardens have. I’m still not sure how to realize that next to our garage/snout.