Bloom 2015 – the key plants.

Ireland’s popular Garden Festival takes place each year at the end of May in the beautiful setting of the Phoenix Park. So, of course, the main planting on the Show Gardens are early summer perennials such as lupins, irises and foxgloves, this year interspersed with Geums, Salvias and lots of airy cow parsley (Anthriscus) .

Here’s what caught our eye this year – with thanks to photographer Pádraic MacOireachtaigh.

The key plant this year - white foxgloves (Digitalis)

The key plant this year – white foxgloves (Digitalis)

Primula viallii

Primula viallii

The towering spires of Lupins

The towering spires of Lupins with Agapanthus

Salvias and Alliums contrasting with box cubes

Salvias, Cirsium rivulare and Alliums contrasting with box cubes.

Anthriscus ... a touch of the country.

Anthriscus … a touch of the country.

Geums - a little splash of sunshine.

Geums – a little splash of sunshine.

Colourful cottage garden planting of Lupins and Chives.

Colourful cottage garden planting of Lupins and Chives.

A dominating mural but lovely planting combinations of box globes, grasses and irises.

A dominating mural but lovely planting combinations of box globes, grasses and irises.

The structural impact of  globe artichokes.

The structural impact of globe artichokes.

Aquilegia

Aquilegia

A beautiful pairing of Alliums and Digitalis

A beautiful combination of Alliums, Salvias,Irises and Digitalis on one of the winning Show Gardens.

I’ll be writing more about the actual design of the Gardens shortly but hope the lovely planting has provided inspiration.

Lorna.

Lorna Gannon at Bloom 2015

 

Bloom in the Park.

14 thoughts on “Bloom 2015 – the key plants.

    • Thanks Matt! These are Show Gardens which never reflect reality! My lupins are flowering now but it will be weeks before my agapanthus make an appearance! Love the Primula vialii too!

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