Posted: 01/09/2015 at 12:39
Loved Adrian Bloom"s island beds, heathers and conifers 20 or more years ago. for me Adrian Bloom was...is...the most inspirational gardener. I identify with his apparent thinking, of mixing and blending plants, grasses, foliage, etc.
Island beds should not be too contrived though I think. It is not always possible to incorporate them.
I made an island bed 3 or 4 years ago........I like it. Tinker with it a bit though. Essentially tall grasses, heleniums, veronicastrums, etc with hostas, smaller grasses/sedges, astrantias, astilbes, geraniums, heucheras, echinaceas, agastaches, anemone wild swans, etc.
island beds have an advantage too in creating both shady and sunny (according to aspect) sites
tetley, a bIt of a plantsman too.......a more acceptable description to plant addiction