Whilst grass is an important foil to the flowers in our garden, it is also an enemy. I suffer from hayfever, and midsummer can be a bit of a trial when the grasses are flowering.
‘What could be better, then, than Tony Smith’s ‘Grass’ garden at Gardeners’ World Live’? The essence of flowering grass but without the itchy eyes.
I think it was my favourite show garden. This surprised me, as I do like my flowers. But the simplicity of the planting in the garden was beguiling. The towers of turf were topped with what looked like Cineraria. A grass stalk topped by a silvery flowerhead. I enjoyed looking at the different views through the grass ‘stalks’. It would have been nicer still to have been able to sit in the sunken area, an look up at the towering ‘grasses’. A well-deserved gold, and it seemed to provoke almost entirely positive comments from the crowds, which was quite a surprise.