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 presents an interest for its yellow flowers. They last from spring to late summer, covering most of the branch. This evergreen, quite vigorous, can bring structure to a flower bed. In this case, it has to be pruned to keep its beauty (about every 2 years). It need a full sunny position, and is extremely hardy, and can live for around 30 years.



Words and photographs by Martin

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