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Rosa 'Rambling Rector'
Rosa multiflora 'Rambling Rector'

A rampant, vigorous rose, it makes an impressive tangled mass of growth when allowed to romp up a tree, although its bendy stems can also be trained around a pillar or over a pergola. It flowers once, in summer, when it's covered in a mass of small, white, scented flowers which are followed by red hips. When being grown up a tree, it's impossible and unnecessary to prune, but on ornamental structures the side-shoots should be trimmed back after flowering to a new shoot for the first two years. Thereafter, cut out one-third of the oldest stems each year at ground level to encourage new vigorous stems to shoot up. It has been given the Award of Garden Merit (AGM) by the Royal Horticultural Society.

Calamagrostis 'Karl Foerster'
Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster'
Feather reed grass

One of the best upright growing grasses that forms a stiff clump. It's easy to grow and is tolerant of most soil conditions, although its size is usually determined by the amount of moisture in the soil. In summer it produces tall flowerheads that start off pale green and gradually turn bright golden yellow. These move in the breeze and last into the winter months.

Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola'
Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola'

One of the most eye-catching small grasses, forming elegant arching clumps of vividly striped bright gold and lime-green foliage that holds its colour throughout the season. When grown in full sun this cultivar often develops a slight reddish tinge. Superb with hostas and other ornamental grasses liking similar conditions, and outstanding grown on its own in a striking container. The Royal Horticultural Society have given it their prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Salvia nemorosa 'Caradonna'
Salvia nemorosa 'Caradonna'

This new plant is attracting plenty of attention because of its dark striking stems topped by violet flowers from early to midsummer. Unlike many salvias it is perfectly hardy, its species parent being a native of central Europe and western Asia, and one of the first salvias grown in the UK. The leaves of both the species and 'Caraddona' are about 3cm long and half as wide, and finely toothed. It can either be grown amongst other upright plants, or be used to contrast with more angular, architectural groupings.

Aquilegia chrysantha 'Yellow Queen'
Aquilegia chrysantha 'Yellow Queen'

This wonderful Mexican columbine creates a big statement in a border. Its tall stalks carry an abundance of outward-facing, large, bright lemon-yellow flowers with long spurs. Be aware that they do spread prolifically, and stop this happening by removing the dead flowerheads. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

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Gabriella Pape and Isabelle Van Groeningen"We cannot ignore the effects of climate change, least of all the effect it is having on our gardens. We face the prospect of hotter summers and longer harsher winters. This garden demonstrates how our gardens can be adapted to accommodate these changes without losing any of the beauty inherent in the English garden."

Designers, Gabriella Pape and Isabelle Van Groeningen

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