The perennial library at Avondale Nursery has finally helped me decide what approach to take in my new garden.

Eringium, Kniphofia, Salvia, Stipa - the visitor is surronded by a perennial sea

A network of paths cut through the planting

Torn between a passion for perennial meadows, and a need to have as many different plants as I can within a limited space, I have decided that what I really need – is a ‘prairie-cottage’ garden.  Nursery owner, Brian Ellis coined this phrase when I met him in mid July.

Amidst the Perennial and grass planting there are places to sit

A place to sit amongst the perennials and grasses

Avondale not only provides a wonderful selection of perennials and grasses but it has a library where you can see them already established.  Here a huge variety of stunningly healthy well labeled plants sit together in a seemingly effortless harmony.  The combination of tall and low growing planting criss crossed by a network of paths, gives the feeling of an unlimited amount of things to see.

A butterfly enjoys the Eryngium

The library is awash with bees and insects











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