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BBC Gardeners’ World Live: full planting guide to the GreenThumb show garden

Garden Designer Pip Probert takes us through the plants she is using to create GreenThumb’s BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2017 show garden.

This year, the GreenThumb show garden at the BBC Gardeners’ World Live Show takes its inspiration from colour, movement and texture. The result is a vibrant and adventurous composition of ornamental grasses and perennial planting.

Pip Probert, designer of the GreenThumb garden, said “We want you to explore the garden, stepping down into a tunnel pathway that takes you through the centre of the plot, lifting the grass up to a level where you can touch and see just how lush it is. Bright and unusual features all combine to create an ‘experience’ – you are walking through the space which has a coloured spider’s web effect overhead and ribbons of planting weaving through the space.”

The planted ribbons are minimal in plant choice, each ribbon with a different colour scheme of either yellow, pink or blue are block planted with ornamental grasses and various perennials to bring out the colour.  Shapes are formed by the materials within the garden but also from the flower heads creating a wonderful sense of variety.

Come and find GreenThumb amongst the gardeners’ paradise at stand E404 to see this show stopping design for yourself.

Floral Break

Below is a list of the plants that are planned to be used:

BLUE BORDER

  • Helictotrichon sempervirens
  • Anchusa azurea ‘Loddon Royalist’
  • Camassia leichtlinii
  • Campanula lactifolia ‘Pritchard Variety’
  • Clematis integrifolia
  • Delphinium ‘Blue Jay’
  • Iris ‘Tropic Night’
  • Nepeta ‘Six Hills Giant’
  • Plumbago auriculata
  • Salvia nemerosa ‘Caradonna’
  • Veronica gentianoides

Blue Border

Floral Break

PINK BORDER

  • Stipa arundinacea
  • Astrantia maxima
  • Diascia rigescens
  • Filipendula purpurea
  • Gaura lindheimeri ‘Harrosy’
  • Lythrum virgatum ‘Rose Queen’
  • Persicaria bistorta ‘Superba’
  • Pimpinella major ‘Rosea’
  • Silene dioica
  • Stachys officinalis ‘Hummelo’
  • Verbena hastate ‘Rosea’

Pink border

Floral Break

YELLOW BORDER

  • Seslaria autumnalis
  • Achillea ‘Moonshine’
  • Anthemis tinctoria ‘E C Buxton’
  • Corydalis lutea
  • Digitalis grandiflora
  • Geum ‘Lady Strathaden’
  • Hemerocallis ‘Golden Chimes’
  • Phlomis fruticosa
  • Thalictrum flavum
  • Verbascum chaixii ‘Cotswold Queen’

Yellow Border

Floral Break

Floral Gallery


Anchusa azurea ‘Loddon Royalist’
Camassia leichtlinii
Campanula lactifolia ‘Pritchard Variety’
Clematis integrifolia
Delphinium ‘Blue Jay’
Helictotrichon sempervirens
Iris ‘Tropic Night’
Nepeta ‘Six Hills Giant’
Plumbago auriculata
Salvia nemerosa ‘Caradonna’
Veronica gentianoides
Astrantia maxima
Diascia rigescens
Filipendula purpurea
Gaura lindheimeri ‘Harrosy’
Lythrum virgatum ‘Rose Queen’
Persicaria bistorta ‘Superba’
Pimpinella major ‘Rosea’
Silene dioica
Stachys officinalis ‘Hummelo’
Stipa arundinacea
Verbena hastate ‘Rosea’
Achillea ‘Moonshine’
Anthemis tinctoria ‘E C Buxton’
Corydalis lutea
Digitalis grandiflora
Geum ‘Lady Strathaden’
Phlomis fruticosa
Seslaria autumnalis
Thalictrum flavum
Verbascum chaixii ‘Cotswold Queen’

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