A reprise in the weather gave a chance to wander round Barnsdale gardens created be the late Geoff Hamilton. Its a fascinating garden full of inspirational planting and a joy to all gardeners. I have visited several times and I hope these two photos capture what an eye he had for plant combinations. In spring the Pergola covered in the yellow racemes of the Laburnum combined with the blue racemes of the Wisteria.
In August a very effective combination of grasses, Achillea and summer flowering Alliums just hits the spot. For more about grasses and alliums
If you are in Rutland, passing through or want a garden to visit Barnsdale is well worth it. http://www.barnsdalegardens.co.uk/
There are a whole series of gardens created originally for the TV programs and now maintained I believe by his family to a keen standard.