Though I initially shied away from the visceral imagery of the British Heart Foundation garden by Ann-Marie Powell, her garden also refused to play by the rules and didn’t pander to expectations. I was drawn in to a thoughtfully planted space. An undercurrent of green around dark water wrapped every surface with fern walls and woodland planting.
Medicinal Salix and Digitalis and the contrast of wineberry and odd flash of peony were carefully integrated, and it was here that I saw Anemopsis californica (from watersidenursery.co.uk) for the first time. A creamy flowered aquatic, perfumed with honey; it went straight into my notebook.