'Anticipation of Spring' Show Garden


Here in the North of Scotland spring sometimes feels like it is a long time coming. This garden has been designed to perform throughout winter and blossom with new growth and flowers in spring.  The design centres around a basket seat filled with comfy cushions and warm fluffy throws providing the perfect place to relax and enjoy the arrival of spring.

The main feature tree is a mature Pinus nigra ssp 'Nigra' whose shape is reflected in the Pinus mugo 'Watereri' in the diagonally opposite border.  Grasses, just beginning to show new spring colour, provide the rhythm and Hellebores and Skimmias breathe colour into the garden.



Plant List

Anemanthele lessoniana

Bergenia cordifolia

Betula utilis var. jacquemontii 'snow queen'

Caltha paulstris 'Alba'

Carex 'Evergold'

Carex 'Everillo'

Carex testacea

Cornus alba 'Sibirica'

Cornus kesseringii

Cornus mas

Cornus sanguinea 'Midwinter Fire'

Cortaderia selloana 'Silver Comet'

Euphorbia amygdaloides

Euphorbia amygdaloides 'Purpurea'

Fagus sylvatica hedge

Geranium 'Samobor'

Hamamelis intermedia 'Barmstedt Gold'

Helleborus argutifolia

Helleborus 'Cinnamon Snow'

Helleborus 'Emma'

Narcissus 'Tete a Tete'

Pinus mugo 'Watereri'

Pinus nigra ssp 'Nigra'

Salix alba 'Britzensis'

Salix gracilistyla 'Melanostachys'

Skimmia reevesiana

Before - An area of lawn in front of Crathes Castle

Before - An area of lawn in front of Crathes Castle

Five hours later - A show garden

Five hours later - A show garden