Today I visited Trentham Gardens. The gardens are rather impressive, with huge swathes of perennial planting. Borders have been designed by Piet Oudolf and by Tom Stuart-Smith. Lots of people who know what they’re talking about have written about the gardens.
The most magical factors in the gardens for me were the grasses. I have dabbled with them at a very small scale in our garden (Stipa tenuissima with Achillea and irises) but at Trentham, in the Stuart-Smith and Oudolf borders, grasses reign supreme. They are used in a range of ways – as part of fantastic prairie planting, as punctuation marks, as linking plants and and as a river of grass.
The grasses bring the gardens to life, stimulating touch, sight and sound. Even in a light wind, they dance, and as the breeze rises, they move in a way that arouses the imagination – is that a tiger moving through the undergrowth?
I feel the need to garland the garden with grasses.