Hampton Court inspires garden ideas

Written by Doug Oster on .

 blog formal gardenThis formal bed at Hampton Court in London is framed with an ancient wisteria vine. Mass plantings of different plants are beautiful when done right. Look at the color palette used here. Photos by Doug Oster

The palace at Hampton Court is probably best known as the home of King Henry the VIII and his many wives.

It's expansive and the gardens are spectacular.

There were so many inspirational ideas from the plantings, I don't know where to start.

Check out the photos below to see interesting combinations and uses for the garden.


blog tulips and forgetThe most striking bed might have been these lily flowering tulips blooming with forget me nots. This gardener took a chance that both would be in bloom at the same time. It was amazing in person.

blog arbor of golden rainEver see a 200 yard long arbor of golden rain tree? These two women our on the tour too and were trying to get out of the way of the Doug the photographer. We both had a laugh about it as they walked by.

blog black tulips'Queen of the Night' tulips blooming with woodland phlox. This tulip is a favorite in England. I've seen it everywhere from Westminster Abbey to the Chelsea Flower Show.

blog amazing bedWhat palace would be complete without a long bed of perennials, all in bloom together.

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