Savill Garden: Dry Garden
I want a dry garden so bad. I miss working in the gravel garden at Chanticleer when I was a seasonal gardener. It was hot all day, but it was rewarding. Last week I had the opportunity to work in the Savill’s dry garden with its section gardener Heather.
The dry garden is gorgeous - one of my favorite areas in the Savill. Right now it’s a sea of grasses and dieramas in flower and in seed, punctuated by tall Junipers, copper-barked arbutus, old Amur maackia, silvery-blue Elaeagnus, lacey-black Sambucus, and other choice specimens. Seedheads of thapsis, phlomis, digitalis, and alliums stick up amongst soft masses of alchemilla, geraniums, and teuchrium. Papery thin flowers of lavatera and romneya catch the light. Dancers like knautia and gaura bob about. Stiff yucca and eryngium stand firm, while next year’s fuzzy verbascum stalks are mere rosettes crouching in open spaces.