This is the ravishingly beautiful planting in Luciano Giubbilei’s garden for The Daily Telegraph: gold medal winner but in my opinion robbed for the Best in Show award (with respect to Ulf – actually if you’re talking objective analysis and proper assessment instead of gut reaction, it could no doubt have gone either way).

On paper I didn’t think I’d like this garden – I just don’t do minimalist – but in fact, all those clean lines and tiered hedges just acted as a backdrop for two blocks of wonderfully rich planting that totally took my breath away.

Here’s a rollcall of all those lovely, lovely flowers he’s used: take it away and do it at home (though give the plants a bit more space, perhaps ;D)

Paeonia ‘Buckeye Belle’
Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata ‘Ruby Port’
Astrantia major ‘Claret’
Astrantia ‘Hadspen Blood’
Iris ‘Black Swan’
Iris ‘Superstition’
Foeniculum vulgare ‘Giant Bronze’
Salvia nemorosa ‘Caradonna’
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