Saturday, 19 January 2013

Piet Oudolf, Gardener Extraordinaire. Pensthorpe

The Art of Gardening

                       Pensthorpe Millenium Garden
Pensthorpe Millenium Garden in Norfolk by Piet Oudolf

Eryngium at Wisley by Piet Oudolf
Planting a mixture of tall grasses and massed perennials was first pioneered in Germany, and can be seen in many public parks there. Plants fend for themselves in this style of planting although they need dividing every few years. 
The style influenced Piet Oudolf, a Dutchman, who created the stunning Millenium Garden at Pensthorpe, Norfolk,  in 1999. He has also designed gardens at Trentham in Staffordshire, Scampston Hall, Yorkshire, and in Holland, Germany, Italy, New York, Chicago and Stockholm. His own garden and nursery at Hummelo near Arnhem uses imaginatively shaped hedges as a backdrop for his distinctive planting.

Hedges at Hummelo, Piet Oudolf's Garden

The Daily Telegraph promoted this style of gardening in the UK and named and sold the top ten plants for what it called the Dutch Wave back in 2010. Photos of these lovely plants can be found in a subsequent Rambulation post 'Dutch Wave' gardening.

Miscanthus Sinensis Ferner osten
Eupatorium Maculatum Riesenschirm
Echinacea purpurea 'Fatal Attraction’
Stachys officinalis 'Hummelo'
Aconitum Carmichaelii Arendsii. George Arends
Veronicastrum virginicum 'Lavendelturm’
Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii 'Goldsturm’
Calamagrostis Brachytricha
Sanguisorba officinalis 'Red Thunder’
Monarda 'Mohawk’

Pensthorpe’s  website however provides a much more extensive list of plants used by Oudolf in their Millenium Garden.
Planting the Natural Garden by Piet Oudolf and Henrik Gerritsen