Clip go the garden shears

PUBLISHED: 18:00 04 September 2014 | UPDATED: 18:00 04 September 2014

Campsis x tagliabuana ‘Madam Galen’

Campsis x tagliabuana ‘Madam Galen’


Sara Eley at Place for Plants, East Bergholt tackles end of summer hedge trimming

Trimming hedges at Place for PlantsTrimming hedges at Place for Plants

As I write, we have just started our hedge cutting in the garden here at East Bergholt. It’s always an exciting time and, as it takes about six weeks to cut all our hedges, it marks the end of summer.

Ryan is clipping away at our box, Buxus sempervirens, which we keep very short and cut back once a year. He is being watched by our peacock, Bluey, while not far away are his wife and two peachicks.

Stewart has already started on our yew topiary, Taxus baccata. We erect scaffolding for the hand cut spirals and once these are done at the beginning of September we use the electrical shears. The lavender, Lavandula angustifolia Hidcote, is next on the list and gets a hard cut back at the end of August.

Two amazing plants for late summer are the Clerodendrum trichoyomum Carnival, covered in variegated pink leaves with scented pink flowers and, of course, the climber Campsis x tagliabuana Madam Galen, with large exotic red trumpet flowers.

We are desperate for rain, but have enjoyed a lovely warm summer, ripening the wood and fruits on our plants.

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