Longbrook Street Planter

Last updated: 24th September 2020

 

Have your say in selecting an all year round planting for the Longbrook St Planter!

St James Community Trust, having taken over responsibility from Exeter City Council for maintaining the planter at the Longbrook St / Blackall Rd junction, was able to brighten up this neglected corner this spring as the photo below shows:

 

 

Now one of Country Life Magazine’s Best Garden and Landscape Design Practices in Britain 2018, 2019 and 2020 has turned their attention to St James, showing support for the local community.

St James’ based garden designer, Hugo Bugg, of Harris Bugg Studio, says ‘There is no corner too small, too unloved, or too battered that cannot be transformed …’ and we are delighted that Hugo, an Associate Member of the Forum, has created four inspirational planting combinations with year round interest, for local residents to consider before voting for their favourite.

Hugo was the youngest ever winner in 2014 of a Gold Award for a large show garden at RHS Chelsea, and now working alongside Charlotte Harris as Harris Bugg Studio, is in demand internationally for their “...soulful gardens that are rich with meaning, mystery, and relevance.” (Architectural Digest)

Each of Hugo’s planting combinations includes the same seasonal uplifts of bulbs and Californian poppies (Eschscholzia) together with differing combinations of base plants to offer four different options. If you would like to see what the specific varieties of plants look like please click on the plant names below each option:

Option 1
Soft purples and blues from Perovskia, Nepeta and Aster contrasting with fresh green grasses of Sesleria. + Seasonal bulbs

Base plants:
Sesleria autumnalis
Perovskia ‘Little spire’
Sedum matrona
Nepeta x faassenii
Aster Monch

Bulbs/seasonal uplifts:
Galanthus nivalis
Narcissus Thalia
Eschscholzia Californica
Tulipa sylvestris
Scilla bifolia
Allium sphaerocephalon

 

Option 2
Soft yellows and blues with an architectural structure of Calamagrostis + seasonal bulbs

Base plants:
Nepeta x faassenii
Santolina rosmarinifolia var rosmarinifolia
Calamagrostis brachytricha
Aster Monch
Amsonia tabernaemonana

Bulbs/seasonal uplifts:
Galanthus nivalis
Narcissus Thalia
Eschscholzia Californica
Tulipa sylvestris
Scilla bifolia
Allium sphaerocephalon

 

Option 3
Purples, blues and silvers + seasonal bulb

Base plants:
Sesleria nitida
Salvia caradonna
Stachys byzantina
Perovskia ‘Little spire
Nepeta x faassenii

Bulbs/seasonal uplifts:
Galanthus nivalis
Narcissus Thalia
Eschscholzia Californica
Tulipa sylvestris
Scilla bifolia
Allium sphaerocephalon

 

Option 4
Soft purples contrasting with bright yellows of Rudbeckia and Hemerocallis + seasonal bulbs

Base plants:
Calamintha nepeta
Hemerocallis lilioasphodelus
Sesleria heufleriana
Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii 'Goldsturm'
Aster Monch

Bulbs/seasonal uplifts:
Galanthus nivalis
Narcissus Thalia
Eschscholzia Californica
Tulipa sylvestris
Scilla bifolia
Allium sphaerocephalon

 

Which would you most like to see transform the planter?

Have your say by using the ‘contact’ facility on this page, with your choice of option 1, 2, 3, or 4, by 31 August. The most popular planting combination will be purchased using a ECC ward grant approved by our City Councillors, and planted up in the autumn.

 

 

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