Autumn view at Wisley
My favourite part of RHS Wisley gardens these days is the planting around the new(ish) glasshouse designed by Tom Stuart-Smith. The last few times I’ve been to visit I’ve made a beeline straight for this area and spent almost my whole time just around there. It’s easy to lose yourself, and time, as you meander around the sweeping planting with the glasshouse, lake and sky making such a beautiful backdrop to the shimmering, waving grasses and other perennials. The planting is really settling in now. When I saw it earlier this summer it looked stunning and although it might now be seen as past its ‘best’ it is still captivating in its faded autumn glory. The beds become looser and the paths wend more intimately with the planting by the time you reach the gravel prairie steppe area round the back of the glasshouse. Go and disappear for a while amongst the plants if you haven’t already had a chance to visit!
Me, wandering in the prairie meadow (designed and seeded by Professor James Hitchmough) by the back of the glasshouse:
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