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Gardens at Levens Hall in Kendal, UK The formal hedge serves nicely as backdrop for the loose planting of the blue and white and green colour scheme

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Astrantia Superstar (syn 'White Giant') - The large, greenish-white flowerheads look like pincushions surrounded by a spidery ruff of green-tinted, white bracts. These are produced en masse above the lobed, dark green leaves from early summer to autumn adding bobbles of colour to the border. Astrantias have become the 'darlings of the designers' in recent years as they lend themselves to most styles of planting, and mix happily with most plants.

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Richmond, Surrey. Like the surrounding topiary but can't imagine why they've put those large standards right in the middle of the sight line from the house.

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Drumstick Alliums and Artemisia www.lab333.com www.facebook.com/pages/LABSTYLE-by-LAB/189452871067225 www.lablikes.tumblr.com www.pinterest.com/labstyle

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Diany Binney, the then-owner of the iconic garden Kiftsgate and her sister Betsy Muir were in their 90s when they taught Gina to plant a garden at Pettifers that weaves Indian influences in with swathes of colour and grasses.

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