Pretty in Pink, A Parterre Garden Tour.  

I’m warming to Pink!

Well I am, it’s a fact I never really fully appreciated Pink in a garden until recently. Thankfully my appreciation of Pink came just in time for me to create this culmination of color that is akin to that of an Italian Renaissance garden a froth with pleasurable, scenery, sounds and smells.

Things are hotting up in our walled kitchen garden with these Pale #pink tropic trumpets of Crinum x powellii leading the way. Crinum flowers are a #Summer visitor for sheltered gardens with large fleshy bulbs with rich green strappy leaves, they add a tropical feel to any Sun loving border. The swamp lily is a fragrant addition to our south-facing kitchen garden and a wonderful scented start to my day.

Join me

on a tour of a newly planted parterre garden, we begin (Simply because I couldn’t resist this great picture of a Pink Crinum) at the exit of the kitchen garden passing through a large wooden arched gateway leading out to the parterre.


Walking through the wooden archway visitors are greeted by whimsical romantic back garden that dances with color anew, golden yew globes, a spin with spiral box pyramid.

Forest green grass in fashionable stripes, edges so crisp as if cut by glass, topiary hedges kept sharp, to bite.


Balustrade and rustic bricks a backdrop view for strong pinks and passion, purple to bursting, swaying grasses, bold clashes, Roses a few.

I cannot help but smile as I walk by this area, I just come here to observe my favorite plants at play.

Summer Glory

Happy rustic heleniums in altered shades of bronze, plates of mustard Achillea with a ruddy reddish hue. Diascia, Echinacea and my favorite Geranium in blue.

Monarda and verbena

Just this Spring I mixed shades of Bergamot for glow, edges of Eryngium and Festuca a shimmer below, dwarfed by swaying heliotrope heads of Verbena, purples the pink away.

A romantic tribute to Gertrude Jeykell
A romantic tribute to Gertrude Jeykell by Stephen Pryce-Lea
Geranium Rozzanne a winner in bloom
Geranium Rozzanne a winner in bloom with Echinacea verbena monarda and miscnthus grasses. A twist on a prarie style planting amongst formal lines and sharp edges.

Verbena bonariensis a nod to a lady so proud and so strong, thank you for inviting me into your garden I will always be blessed for the short spell I got to grow and prepare for you a season with flowers.

Verbena a favourite with tall wavering stems, planted with Stipa gigantea and Dierama for windblown delight. Looking forward to seeing this winning combination shine.


Francoa sonchifolia and the sunscorched marbled foliage of Brunnera Jack Frost a happy combination.

Zinnia feeding station

Zinnia attracts the pollinators in all shapes and sizes but somehow the Pink ones seem to get most attention..

Monarda bee balm
Monarda bee balm perfect with tall grasses and globe thistles sometimes you need a tough perennial that can hold it’s own.

So that’s why it’s called Bees balm, Bergamot loved by many, ignored by few. Fortunately many of the new cultivars have some resistance to mildew, increasing it’s populatiy in English gardens.


Matching containers and mis-matched chairs, sit a while enjoy the view and I will sit with you.

Join me on


Stephen Pryce-Lea

Head Gardener and International Horticultural Consultant


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“It’s a beautiful thing when a career and a passion grow together, when you find it in a Garden it’s like finding Paradise“

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Award winning, 40 something year old professional plantsman and horticulturalist with National Trust, private parks and estate management background. My vast plant knowledge and hands on techinical experience, afforded me the opportunity to work in various horticultural landscapes, in the UK, USA & Eastern Europe. Having worked in both garden retail & the design service industry gave me the practical diversity and managerial skill set, required for running a large prestigious gardens and stately homes. I strongly believe knowledge is to be shared and have worked closely with people and staff of all ages and abilities keen to develop their passion for gardening, including groups of children, special needs and adults. I have hosted guided walks, talks and tours for those keen to learn about cultivated and wild plants, garden development, history and design. As an member of the NNCPG and National Trust, I am actively involved in the preservation of several important plant collections both in public and private gardens throughout the UK. “It’s a beautiful thing when a career and a passion grow together, in a garden it’s paradise” Follow @IGrowHort on GardenTags. Stephen is passionate about gardening as Head Gardener with a team of ten staff he manages a prestigious Cheshire country estate of 55 acres, inc wild flower meadows, woodland, organic kitchen and formal gardens. Follow Stephen today”


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