Key plants in the Four Season Sanctuary garden

The colour scheme goes from the most delicate whites to the richest deep purples. A mixture of boldness and fragility, just as we find in nature

Sporobolus heterolepis

This wonderful grass has interest from June through to February. It produces tiny airy flower heads that paint a delightful picture in any natural garden. The flower heads of other perennials and wild flowers dance and float between these grasses.

Molinia caerulea subsp. caerulea ‘Edith Dudszus’

In contrast to the other grasses utilised in the planting design, this grass has deep purple flower heads and almost black stems, that give an earthy and dramatic feel to the planting.


Succisa pratensis

Otherwise known as the devils bit scabious, these beautiful tiny blue to purple flower heads dance in the breeze and attract many native butterfly, bee and insect species.


Pimpinella major ‘Rosea’

This beautiful cow parsley is an important and beautiful wild flowering plant. Great for bees and other pollinators, its rosy pink flat flowering heads dance with the swaying grasses.


Butomus umbellatus ‘Rosenrot’

This wonderful marginal plant creates a sense of scale for any water margin. In the wildlife pond in this design, its tall, umbellifer like flower heads support pollinators. Dragonfly larvae climb up its stems for support as they emerge from their larvae casings.


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