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Shaking off the pastel shades and wildflower meadows of the past, Chelsea has officially turned a corner with bright and raucous flowers in a vibrant range of colours. Thanks to my recent visit to …

Cornflower, Centaurea cyanus with Cosmos // Swede Cottage Farm <3 this...on my back hillside before the woods' edge!


How to sow your own exotic meadow

Tom Stuart-Smith's meadow in bloom. Plants growing in the grounds include Dianthus carthusianorum, Echinacea paradoxa, Penstemon cobaea and Penstemon barbatus subsp. coccineus.

from Sarah Raven

How to create a mini wild flower meadow

Pictorial meadow - classic annual mix by Sarah Raven (photo courtesy of Jonathan Buckley)

from Sarah Raven

Cottage Garden Mix

Cottage Garden Mix - perennial and biennial flowers - flower seeds - sarah raven seeds

Achillea 'Gold Plate' and Verbena bonariensis in late summer border. Herbaceous perennial. Biennial colour contrast combination border. September yellow violet lilac

Owen Morgan's 'To The Beat' garden in the 'Orchestra Gardens' category at the RHS Tatton Park 2012. Winner GOLD & Best in Show Inner ring: Cosmos Chocomocha 2nd ring: Achillea Moonshine, Achillea Paprika, Achillea Terracotta. 3rd ring: Achillea Indian Gold, Anemanthele lessoniana, Crocosmia Lucifer, Deschampsia. Outer ring: Stipa tenuissima , Calamagrostis Karl Foerster, Sanguisorba officinalis Arnhem

Echinacea, white & purple, Eryngium, Perovskia and Moilinia - how i would like my beds to look...

from Sarah Raven

Ammi majus

Ammi Majus (Bishop's flower) has lacy, white flowers, like a more delicate form of cow parsley. Ammi Majus is the best white filler-foliage plant you can grow and spectacular arranged in a great cloud on its own. It forms larger, more prolific plants from an autumn sowing.

Rudbeckia with Heuchera Autumn Bride by Sarah Price. Love the contrasting flower shapes as well as the contrast between the dark foliage and light flowers above.