Key plants in the Oregon Garden

The planting focuses on pollinating plants and flowers. The overall colour scheme is burnt orange, blue and white with a tapestry of greens.

Ammi majus

Dainty white flowerheads that look like lacework are born in summer and seem to hover in a frothy haze above the finely cut, green foliage. The flowers are often used by florists to add a ethereal, romantic feel to bouquets, and they can last up to 10 days after being cut. This annual also looks a delight in the garden, and has quite an architectural feel. Once the flowers have faded and the seeds have ripened, they will attract finches to the garden.

Ratibida pinnata

An upright, stout-stemmed, branching perennial to 1.2m tall, with rough-textured, deeply divided, pinnate leaves. From summer to autumn it bears long-stemmed, daisy-like flower heads to 12cm across, with bright yellow, drooping ray florets around a prominent red-brown cone.


© Frank Mayfield

Sanguisorba officianalis ‘Tanna’

Small, plum-coloured, button-like flowers with wiry, upright stems, seem to hover above the neat mounds of blue-green, pinnate foliage. This cultivar is more tolerant of drier conditions, so is particularly well-suited to mixed or herbaceous borders.

Geranium pratense

Clump-forming perennial about 60-90cm tall, with hairy stems and deeply-lobed mid-green foliage. The saucer-shaped, white, blue or violet flowers are 4.5cm across and appear in early to mid-summer.


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