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The Beth Chatto Gardens are based on the ecological and creative principles of its founder. As she writes in the latest handbook the basics of these are:
  1. To provide plants as far as possible with the kind of conditions for which nature has fitted them.
  2. To plant in planned groups and not dotted like pins in a pincushion.
  3. To cover the ground with foliage for as long as possible.
  4. To provide relief with the occasional bold plant.
You can read more about Beth's ideas and thoughts in 'The Beth Chatto Handbook'
Succulent display in the Scree Garden

Rosa spinosissima 'Falkland'

This rose makes a dense twiggy framework furnished with tiny grey-green leaflets which set off clusters of small, in-curved semi-double roses, lilac with the palest hint of pink. Grows to around 1.2m. It will flourish in poor sandy soils where it slowly makes large suckering thickets.
Tulipa sprengeri
Tulipa sprengeri is the last wild tulip to flower, opening end of May to the beginning of June. It's slim olive-green buds go unnoticed until they open to reveal dazzling scarlet, pointed petals on 40cm stems. They can take a few years to seed and approximately four years to flower. They are good near acid green auphorbias.
Cirsium rivulare 'Atropurpureum'
This handsome thistle-like plant carries glowing crimson flowers on tall branching stems, a much-admired vertical, in summer and again in autumn. approx 1.2m
Colchester Chamber Choir Rehearsals
Very exciting to hear the Colchester Chamber Choir rehearsing in the gardens ahead of their concert on 21st June. Birdsong, choral music and evening light - heaven! See for tickets - selling fast!

Aster name changes

There have been a number of name changes within the Aster genus so they may no longer be where you would expect to find them. An article published in the June 2014 issue of the RHS magazine The Plantsman talks in detail about the name changes and you can read that by clicking here.

Alternatively, to see how this has affected the Asters available on our nursery click here.
We have just released our 2016 calendar with a beautiful photo for each month of the year, taken by one of our staff here at The Beth Chatto Gardens. It is available in the shop and on our website. 
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