Can’t get away from Mississippi ditchbank weeds – even in England (where they seem to be better appreciated)!
But truth is, just as we yearn for stuff from afar, Southeastern U.S. native flowers are wildly popular in most upscale English gardens – used “as if they are normal plants” – with the best being those accessorized with natural or rustic elements.
Without getting into “what’s that flower?” – there are dozens of garden-worthy natives – I am simply posting a few photos of how our roadside, meadow, and woodland “weeds” can look when used in glorious garden combinations… scroll over them for englargements.
In August 2021 my sweetheart and I were fortunate to visit the Royal Horticulture Society’s newly-opened Bridgewater Botanical Garden near Manchester, where I photographed several large plantings of summer-blooming perennials which – to my pleasant surprise – turned out to be over 85% Mississippi native wildflowers!
Here are just three examples of how the same scene can look, summer and winter. Scroll each one to see the difference six months can make! (Tap the photo and scroll left or right.)
BONUS: At the new RHS Bridgewater “stumpery” I came across one of the most fantastic accessories ever – an almost-lifesize Ent, shepherd of the forest (remember them, from The Lord of the Rings?).
For more on stumperies, go to my extensive blog on them: https://wordpress.com/post/felderrushing.blog/1091