An excellent article on http://www.hauzz.co.uk about using grasses in the garden by Patricia Tyrrell which includes a picture of Stipa gigantea in a garden that I designed. It shows how this tall translucent grass can bring added beauty to a planting scheme.
I was lucky enough to get a guided tour of this new garden festival in Sicily when visiting recently. What a delight. There were not a large number of show gardens but all had been constructed with care and attention to detail and had survived an extremely hot summer. The use of native plants that have been specifically researched and known cultivars which are suitable for the Mediterranean climate were a revelation. One exhibit shows the land map of Italy and its specific flower, fruit, nut and vegetable production particular to regions in the country. The planting had really matured this late in the season so looked far better than my photographs show.
This is a very new site and event and I look forward to the next show in 2019. The UK was well represented this year by Sarah Eberle and James Basson, both well known Chelsea Gold medal winners. The designs were all to a very high standard and the explanations to long for me to give here so check out the website.
It was so quiet, we had the whole place to ourselves. Make a note in your diary for the next event.
Mount Etna in the background, an exceptional tropical house and art installations. A good excuse to visit Sicily.