Its really good to finally find time to review some of the gardens I have visited this year and to learn from some of the planting genius on show.  In mid-September The garden at the Hauser and Wirth gallery lived up to all expectations and is certainly the work of a planting genius – Piet Oudolf.  The Radić Pavilion hovers above 1.5 acres of perennial meadow named Oudolf field.  It’s amazing that entry is free – but do make sure to buy the planting plan before you wander round the field.

Echinacea pallida and Stipa tenuissima

Echinacea pallida and Stipa tenuissima

The combination of Echinacea pallida seedheads and Stipa tenuissima was startling and unforgettable.

Hauser and Wirth - Sesleria autumnalis

Sesleria autumnalis

Sesleria autumnalis with it’s bright green textural foliage lead the eye through the planting.  It is an evergreen grass that is particularly vibrant in Spring and Autumn.

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The corner borders

In the corner borders Anemone robustissima, Molinia ‘Transparent’ Persicaria amplexicaulis ‘Fire Dance’, Aster umbellatus and Aster macrophyllus ‘Twilight’ created a sea of movement and colour.

If you really must make the journey from Cornwall to London along the A303 – I suggest you stop off at this remarkable place – the journey will be far less painful.  For location and further details click here.