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Plants in the wedding border are carefully tended by members of our Volunteer Project, primarily Lenny Graley.

The Wedding border at the Conservatory in the Walled Garden, Luton Hoo Estate.

Plants in the wedding border are carefully tended by members of our Volunteer Project primarily Lenny Graley.  Lenny also records the changes to the border, and keeps a wonderful record of all the plants.

January-mid winter:

The plants showing near the marquee are; the green, streaked orange-brown leaves of the Pheasant’s tail grass (Anemanthele) and the orange-yellow stems of the Yellow dogwood (Cornus) and evergreen shrubs; St John’s wort (Hypericum), and Spindle tree (Euonymus) with golden-green leaves and the bright yellow flowers of the Winter aconite (Eranthis) (Cornus border) 

 In the main borders the grasses are; Feather reed grass (Calamagrostis acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’) with buff or pale brown leaves, as are the dry brown flowerheads of Meadowsweets (Astilbe ‘Fanal and Purpurlanze’), the Red dogwood (Cornus alba) red stems, the Yellow dogwood (Cornus) orange-yellow stems, the Oregon grape (Mahonia aquifolium) with red-purple leaves (Astilbe border). Plants that are in flower are; the red-purple fragrant flowers of the Daphne, the white fragrant flowers  of theChristmas box (Sarcococca) and the pink, white and purple shades of the Lenten rose flowers (Helleborus) (Spirea border) 

 

February-late winter:

In the main borders the grasses green, streaked orange-brown and buff or pale brown leaves (Anemanthele, Calamagrostis) are still there as are the colourful red and orange-yellow stems of the Dogwoods (Cornus) and the Spindle tree (Euonymus) with variegated gold leaves, as well as the brown flowerheads of the Meadowsweet (Astilbe ‘Fanal and Purpurlanze’).  

 And in the main borders continue to flower are; the Daphne red-purple, the Christmas box (Sarcococca) white, the Lenten rose (Helleborus) pink, purple, white (Spirea border), and added to that is the rose-red flowers of the Elephant’s ears (Bergenia) (Hydrangea and Astilbe borders). Near the marquee are the white fragrant flowers of the Snowdrop (Galanthus nivalis)  

 

March-early spring:

The plants that still in flower in the main borders; the Daphnered-purple, the Christmas box (Sarcococca) white, the Lenten rose (Helleborus) pink, white and purple (Spirea border), the Elephant’s ears (Bergenia) rose-red (Hydrangea and Astilbe borders), added to that; the Jerusalem cowslip (Pulmonaria) pink-blue flowers with white spotted leaves (Persicaria border) and Oregon grape (Mahonia aquiloium) small,rich yellow flowers (Astilbe border)  

 And still flowering near the marquee; Snowdrop (Galanthus) white flowers. Of course from now on more bulbs will come into flower, the blue flowers of the Crocus (Climbing rose and Spirea borders), and the fragrant white and white-yellow trumpets of the Daffodill (Narcissus) (Cornus and Spirea borders). The fragrant deep pink, blue and white flowersof the Hyacinth (Hyacinthus) (Spirea and Hydrangea borders) 

 

April-mid spring:

The flowering scrub in many borders is the Bridal Wreath (Spirea cinerea ‘Giefsheim’) with large weeping stems covered in many small white flowers and the pale-blue flowers of the Rosemary (Rosmarinus).  

 The plants that still in flower in the main borders are; the Daphnered-purple, the Lenten rose (Helleborus) pink, white and purple (Spirea border), the Elephant’s ears (Bergenia) rose-red (Hydrangea and Astilbe borders), the Jerusalem cowslip (Pulmonaria) pink-blue with white spotted leaves (Persicaria border)and the yellow of the Oregon grape (Mahonia aquiloium) (Astilbe border).  

 Added to this the main borders are the creamy flowers of the Comfrey (Symphytum) and the greenish yellow flowers of the Woodspurge (Euphorbia) (Astilbe border). Also the Siberian bugloss (Brunnera) with star-shaped blue flowers (Climbing rose border) and as well as he Jew’s mantle (Kerria) yellow with variegated yellow leaves (Astilbe border)  

 And flowering near the marquee, in the border another Jew’s mantle (Kerria) double golden yellow flowers, the pinkflowering Quince (Chaenomeles) and the pendent, bell-shaped, soft orange flowers of the Avens (Geum) (Cornus border)  

 

May-late spring:

The main plant starting in the many borders is the Fringe cups (Tellima) pink-fringed green flowers, other are the Bugleweeds (Ajuga) dark blue flower spikes (Astilbe and Climbing rose borders), the bright blue flowers of the Grape hyacinth (Muscari), the fragrant white-pink flowers of the Apple (Malus), the Oriental poppy (Papaver) large salmon-pink  flowers, the fragrant white flowers of theDaffodils (Narcissus), the Mossy rockfoil (Saxifraga) white flowers and the Bearded Iris (Iris germanica) lilac and bronze and white flowers (Spirea  border)  

 Still flowering in various borders, the Woodspurge (Euphorbia) greenish yellow, the Jew’s mantle (Kerria) yellow, the Jerusalem cowslip (Pulmonaria) pink-blue, the Rosemary (Rosmarinus) pale blue and the Comfrey (Symphytum) cream 

Near the marquee more bulbs start to flower; a flowering onion (Allium) with light pink flowers. At the other side still flowering the Avens (Geum) soft orange and the Jew’s mantle (Kerria) golden yellow, added by the yellow flowers of the Evening primrose (Oenothera) and the large vermillion flowers of the Oriental Poppy (Papaver orientale) (Cornus border) 

 At the back, in front of the wall are flowering; the Common lilac (Syringa) lavender fragrant flowers, the Lily of the Valley (Convallaria nivalis) fragrant white bells, the Shrubby cinquefoil (Potentilla fruticosa) white flowers, the Bugle (Ajuga) dark blue flower spikes, the Honesty (Lunaria annua) light purple flowers, and still flowering the Greater periwinkle (Vinca major) blue-violet and the Siberian bugloss (Brunnera) bright blue (Climbing rose border) 

 

June-early summer:

The main plants that are beginning to flower will be the roses, the white standard rose (Rosa ‘Iceberg’) along the path, and along the walls climbing roses; the yellow (Rosa ‘The Pilgrim’), the pink (Rosa ‘The Generous Gardener’), the red (Rosa ‘Tess of the d’Ubervilles’).  

 Also along the wall the Cinquefoil (Potentilla) white, the Greater periwinkle (Vinca major) blue-violet, and the Bugleweed (Ajuga) dark blue flower spikes (Climbing rose and Astilbe borders). Over the pergolas; the Honeysuckle (Lonicera ‘Halliana’) will start with white to deep yellow fragrant flowers 

 The plants flowering in the borders are the various Cranesbills (Geranium) in shades of pink and blue and Beardtongues (Penstemon) in coral and light pink as well as the Speedwell (Veronica gentianoides) pale blue flower spikes, the Bearded Iris (Iris germanica) bronze, lilac and white flowers, the Meadow rue (Thalictrum aquilegiifolium) lilac-purple fluffy flowers, The Pink (Dianthus) pink flowers, the Blue cupidone (Catananche caerulea) blue flowers and Butterfly flower (Oenothera/Gaura ‘Sparkle White’) flurry of white, starry flowers (Spirea border), the Mock orange (Philadelphus) fragrant creamy white flowers (Persicaria border), the English beard-less Iris (Iris sibirica) dark purple flowers and the Lamb’s Ears (Stachys byzantina) lilac flowers and the golden garlic (Allium moly) golden yellow flowers (Astilbe border), the Poppy (Papaver orientale ‘Victoria Louise’) salmon-pink and the Peony (Paeonia lactiflora) pale pink (Hydrangea border)  

 And still flowering in the main borders are the Rosemary (Rosmarinus) pale-blue, the Fringe cups (Tellima) pink-fringed green, Purple mullein (Verbascum) salmon (Persicaria border), the Bugleweed (Ajuga) dark blue (Astilbe and Climbing rose borders), the Mossy rockfoil (Saxifraga) small white, the Bearded Iris (Iris germanica) lilac (Spirea border) and the thousand mothers (Tolmiea menziesii) pale green-brown fragrant (Astilbe border).  

 Near the marquee are the scrubs Mock orange (Philadelphus) fragrant white flowers, some with green and yellow speckled leaves. In the other border are the Lady’s Mantle (Alchemilla mollis) yellow-green flowers, the Cinquefoil (Potentilla nepalensis) scarlet red flowers, the Oriental Poppy (Papaver orientale) vermillion, the Evening primrose (Oenothera) yellow, the Avens (Geum) pale orange and the Flowering quince (Chaenomelea) red-pink (Cornus border).  

Over the pergolas still flowering the Honeysuckle (Lonerica) white-yellow and over the obelisks climb the Virgin’s bower (Clematis) single deep pink flowers and Sweet pea (Lathyrus odoratus) fragrant flowers are starting in various colours; white, pink, dark red 

 

July-mid summer: 

The border near the marquee has start to coming to life in yellow, orange and red with the Golden garlic (Allium moly) golden yellow flowers, the Montbretia (Crocosmia) bright tomato-red flowers on spikes, the Daylily (Hemerocallis) various shades of orange flowers, the Red Hot Poker (Kniphofia) soft yellowish orange flowers, while still going strong are; the Cinquefoil (Potentilla) scarlet red, the Evening primrose (Oenothera) yellow, the St John’s wort (Hypericum) yellow  and the Lady’s Mantle (Alchemilla) yellow-green.  

 Near the marquee in the pot are flowering; the Golden Creeping Jenny (Lysimachia ‘Aurea’) bright yellow flowers with golden yellow leaves. In the sucken pots along the standard rose row; the African blue lily (Agapanthus) blue flowers.  

 And at each of the obelisks in the different borders are; the Virgin’s bower (Clematis) deep pink flowers and seedheads and the various Sweet peas (Lathyrus odoratus) white, pink and dark red fragrant flowers, and over the pergola by the benches still the fragrance of the Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica ‘Halliana’) white-yellow and creamy-white and purple-red of another Honeysuckle (Lonicera serotina ‘Florida’).  

 Still the roses white, yellow, pink and red will flower and bring their scent along the path and walls as well from the Mock orange (Philadelphus) white (Philadelphus bed). Further around the roses, the fragrance of Lavender (Lavandula) blue-purple flowers, the Woodland sage (Salvia forsskaolii) long spikes of violet-blue flowers with white tubes, the Foxglove (Digitalis) pale yellow flower spikes and flowering still; Greater periwinkle (Vinca major) blue, Cinquefoil (Potentilla) white (Climbing rose border) 

 In the main borders many will flower; The large leaves and spikes of the Bear’s breeches (Acanthus) white and purple flowers, the Smartweeds (Persicaria) rose-red flowers, False Goat's beard (Astilbe) dark crimson flowers (various borders), the New Zealand daisy bush (Olearia) yellow-centred, white flowers, the King’s Spear (Asphodeline) bright yellow flowers with blue-green leaves (Persicaria  border) The African blue lily (Agapanthus) white-lilac flowers, the Daylily (Hemerocallis ‘Penelope Vestey’) pink flower spikes with arching, strap-shaped, dark green leaves, the Garden phlox (Phlox paniculata) fragrant white and pink flowers, the the Purpletop Vervain (Verbena bonariensis) purple-blue flowers, the Pink (Dianthus) pink flowers, the Blue cupidone (Catananche caerulea) blue flowers and the Butterfly flower (Oenothera/Gaura ‘Sparkle White’) flurry of white, starry flowers (spirea border), Mullein (Verbascum) pink-creamy flowers and Japanese Spirea 'Goldflame' pink flowers (Persicaria border).  

 And the grasses are flowering the Feather reed grass (Calamagrostis acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’) pink-bronze inflorescences (Spirea border), Pheasant’s tail grass (Anemathele lessoniana) orange-brown (Cornus border) and American galinga (Cyperus eragrostis) pale green spikelets (Hydrangea border). Still flowering are various Cranesbills (Geranium) in shades of pink and blue, various Beardtongues (Penstemon) in coral and light pink. 

 At the other end the English beardless Iris (Iris sibirica) dark purple and the Daisy bush (Brachyglottis) yellow flowers with grey-green foliage, the Golden rod (Solidago) golden yellow plume-like flower heads and the Lamb’s Ears (Stachys) lilac flowers with grey-green leaves (Astilbe border) 

 

August-late summer:

The main borders are come to the finale with the flowering of the Hortensia (Hydrangea aspera villosa) violet-pink lancecap flowers, two Meadowsweets (Astilbe ‘Fanal, Purple Lance’) purple red flowers (Hydrangea, Persicaria and Astilbe borders), and still flowering the Smartweeds (Persicaria) rose-red and light pink flowers and faded, the Bear’s Breeches (Acanthus) purple-white in many borders, the New Zealand daisy bush (Olearia) yellow-centred  white (Persicaria borders), the African lily (Agapanthus) white-lilac  and blue, and added to that, the Sea lavender (Limonium) small mauve flowers on wiry stems (Spirea border) the American galinga (Cyperus eragrostis) pale green (Hydrangea border) the Lamb’s ears (Stachys byzantina) lilac, Golden rod (Solidago) yellow flowers (Astilbe border) 

 Many plants will still flower if they are dead-headed regulary; the Roses (Rosa) in white, pink, yellow and red, the Beardtongues (Penstenom) in coral and light pink in many borders  

Other plants in the main borders flowering are; the Rose campion (Lychnis coronaria) (astilbe border) white and purple-red flowers, and still flowering are the Purpletop vervain (Verbena bonariensis) purple-blue, the Garden phlox white and pink, The Pink (Dianthus) pink flowers, the Blue cupidone (Catananche caerulea) blue flowers and Butterfly flower (Oenothera/Gaura ‘Sparkle White’) flurry of white, starry flowers (Spirea border), and starting the Japanese anemone (Anemone x hybrida) white and light pink flowers (at the back of the borders) 

 Over the pergola by the benches is still flowering; Honeysuckles (Lonicera) creamy-white 

And over the obelisks in main wedding borders; Virgin’s bower (Clematis) deep pink flowers and seedheads, the Sweet peas (Lathyrus odoratus) white, pink and dark red fragrant flowers 

 By the marquee in pots still the Golden creeping Jenny (Lysimachia) yellow are continue flowering, That border is still aflame with the flowers of the Sneezewort (Achillea) golden yellow, the Montbretia (Crocosmia) tomato-red, the Daylily (Hemerocallis) shades of orange, the Red Hot Poker (Kniphofia) yellowish orange, the Cinquefoil (Potentilla) bright red, the Evening primrose (Oenothera) light yellow, St John’s wort (Hypericum) yellow, the Lady’s Mantle (Alchemilla) yellow-green, added to that is the Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia ‘Goldstrum’) yellow flowers (Cornus border) 

 The climbing rose border continue to flower are the Lavender (Lavandula) blue-purple, the Cinquefoil (Potentilla fruticosa) white,  the Greater periwinkle (Vinca major) blue, the Wood betony (Stachys officinalis) reddish-purple 

 

September-early autumn:

In the border continue to flower are the Lady’s Mantle (Alchemilla mollis) yellow-green, the St John’s wort (Hypericum) yellow, the Daylily (Hemerocallis) shades of orange, the Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia) yellow, the New Zealand wind grass (Anemanthele) green, streaked orange-brown leaves and the Cardinal flower (Lobelia) red with dark red leaves (Cornus border) 

 Along the wall still flowering the Cinquefoil (Potentilla fruticosa) white, the Greater periwinkle (Vinca major ’Variegata’) blue-violet, the Woodland sage (Salvia forsskaolii) violet-blue flowers, the Wood betony (Stachys officinalis) reddish-purple, (Climbing rose border)  And fading fast over the Obelisks are Sweet Pea (Lathyrus) and the seeds heads of the Clematis.  But still flowering are the white standard roses (Rosa ‘Iceberg’) along the path (Standard rose row) and the climbing roses along the walls; the yellow (Rosa ‘The Pilgrim’), the pink (Rosa ‘The Generous Gardener’) the red (Rosa ‘Tess of the d’Ubervilles’) (Climbing rose border and back of other borders) 

 In the main borders continue to flower and fading and drying are Hortensia (Hydrangea aspera villosa) violet-pink lancecaps, Meadowsweet  (Astilbe ‘Fanal and Purple Lance’) purple red, Smartweeds (Persicaria) rose-red and light pink and Bear’s Breeches (Acanthus spinosus) purple-white, Japanese anemone (Anemone x hybrid) white and pale pink and Beardtongues (Penstemon) coral and light pink (various borders) as well the African Lily (Agapanthus) white-lilac, Purpletop vervain (Verbena bonariensis) purple-blue, Garden phlox white and pink, the Pink (Dianthus) pink flowers, the Blue cupidone (Catananche caerulea) blue flowers and Butterfly flower (Oenothera/Gaura ‘Sparkle White’) flurry of white, starry flowers, the Chrysanths (Chrysanthemum) cerise flowers (Spirea border), American galinga (Cyperus eragrostis) pale green (Hydrangea border), New Zealand diasy bush (Brachyglottis) yellow and Lamb’s ears (Stachys byzantina) lilac (Astilbe border)   

 

October-mid autumn:

In the main bordes there are to see; the Meadowsweets (Astilbe ‘Fanal and Purple Lance’) dry brown flowerheads, the Smartweeds (Persicaria) brownish-red with red-bronze leaves, the Hortensia (Hydrangea aspera villosa) dry brown flower heads, the Beardtongues (Penstemon) in coral and light pink, the Rosemary (Rosmarinus) might flowering again pale-blue, Lord and Ladies (Arum) orange-red berries, Sowbread (Cyclamen) white-pink flowers, the Japanese anemone (Anemone x hybrid) white and pale pinkand the Allegheny serviceberry (Amelanchier) orange-red leaves (various borders). 

Starting to flower the Butcher’s broom (Ruscus aculeatus) bright red fruits with glossy, dark green cladophylls, still the Woodland sage (Salvia forsskaolii) violet-blue (Climbing rose border), the Feather reed grass (Calamagrostis) buff inflorescences (Spirea border), the Farrer viburnum (Viburnum farreri) fragrant pink-white (Persicaria and Astilbe borders) 

 Near the marquee are New Zealand wind grass (Anemanthele) green, streaked orange-brown leaves, before the Allegheny serviceberry (Amelanchier laevis) orange or red, the Viburnum (farreri) pink-white with red-purple are loosing their leaves 

 And continue to flower are the roses, the white standard rose (Rosa ‘Iceberg’) along the path, and the climbing roses along the walls, yellow (Rosa ‘The Pilgrim’), pink (Rosa ‘The Generous Gardener’), red (Rosa ‘Tess of the d’Ubervilles’) (along the wall) 

Also along the wall are the Greater periwinkle (Vinca major ’Variegata’) with margined creamy white leaves, the Cinquefoil (Potentilla fruticosa) white (Climbing rose border) 

 

November-late autumn:

Near the marquee are the Spindle tree (Euonymus fortunei) green and gold-margined leaves, the New Zealand wind grass (Anemanthele) green, streaked orange-brown leaves, as are the colourful orange-yellow stems of the Yellow dogwood (Cornus) (Cornus and Astilbe borders) 

 In the main borders are still to see; the Feather reed grass (Calamagrostis acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’) buff or pale brown inflorescences, the red Dogwood (Cornus) red stems, the Meadowsweets (Astilbe ‘Fanal’ and Purple Lance)’ dry brown, the Smartweeds (Persicaria) brownish-red with red-bronze leaves, the Hortensia (Hydrangea aspera villosa) dry pale flower heads, and the Butcher’s broom (Ruscus aculeatus) bright red fruits with glossy, dark green cladophylls, the Oregon grape (Mahonia aquifolium) red-purple leaves (Astilbe border) 

  

December-early winter: 

Near the marquee is the Spindle tree (Euonymus fortunei) with green and gold-marginated leaves, the New Zealand wind grass (Anemanthele) green, streaked orange-brown leaves, as are the colourful orange-yellow stems of the Yellow dogwood (Cornus) (Cornus and Astilbe borders)  

 In the main borders flowering is the Sweet box (Sarcococca confusa) tiny fragrant white flowers with glossy, dark green leaves, the Viburnum (farreri) fragrant pink-white flowers, and further there are to see; the Feather reed grass (Calamagrostis acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’) buff or pale brown inflorescences, the Butcher’s broom (Ruscus aculeatus) bright red fruits with glossy, dark green cladophylls, the Oregon grape (Mahonia aquifolium) red-purple leaves, the red Dogwood (Cornus) red stems and might still be there; the Meadowsweets (Astilbe ‘Fanal’ and Purple Lance’) dry brown, the Smartweeds (Persicaria) brownish-red flower heads, the Hortensia (Hydrangea villosa) dry brown flower heads (various borders)