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 towering spires of Lupins with Agapanthus
Salvias, Cirsium rivulare and Alliums contrasting with box cubes.
Anthriscus … a touch of the country.
Geums – a little splash of sunshine.
Colourful cottage garden planting of Lupins and Chives.
A dominating mural but lovely planting combinations of box globes, grasses and irises.
The structural impact of globe artichokes.
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.
Bloom in the Park.