Plant of the Week

My plant of the week this time is not in the gardens here at Gravetye but on the estate and can be found in the wood, by the lower lake. It is called Rubus spectabilis but also has the great common name of Salmonberry. Its native habitat is the west coast of the US but […]

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PLANT OF THE WEEK

This week here at Gravetye, amongst the many exciting things happening at this time of year, I had the pleasure of seeing the first flower of Dog Toothed Violet or Erythronium dens-canis. With markings on the leaf not dissimilar to the Spotted Orchid, only slightly broader, it is a member of the Lily family and […]

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PLANT OF THE WEEK

Ulex europaeus, our common gorse, is in full blossom. This plant is often put aside by the gardeners because it looks a little bit “wild” and prickly. This is why it finds its place at Gravetye, according to William Robinson’s concept of the wild garden and using native plants. Indeed, native from here, this shrub […]

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Natural, not wild!

At this time of year there’s less planting work to do in the garden, so we’ve taken the chance to clear an area between the orchard and the Croquet Lawn which has been left “wild”. One of the most important of William Robinson’s concepts was the wild garden, but “wild” does not mean “wilderness”. It’s a […]

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Plant of the Week

If you asked me what my favourite winter shrub is, I would reply sweetest honeysuckle (Lonicera fragrantissima) without hesitation. Its flower grows on bare branches and has such a beautiful strong sweet scent throughout January and February. Native from China, the bush can grow about 2 meters in a sunny or part-shade position. We have about five of these […]

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Bark

At this time of year, there’s not much colour to enhance the garden. Luckily, a bare tree presents us with beauty and interest through the winter with its bark and silhouette. At the top of the meadow, Acer griseum is a good example with its brown cinnamon-like bark. My favourite is Prunus serrula, near the Nepeta bed, which has a […]

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