Esotera Gardens – Foddington

Nestled amid quiet lanes, this is a garden packed with  inspirational ideas and irresistible plants.  Built and designed by Shirley and Andrew who are not only gardeners designers, plants people, metal workers, carpenters but also superb hosts and delicious cake makers.


Plants that caught our attention included:

Clematis viticella ‘Little Bas’ – lovely deep blue bells most of the summer
Geranium ‘Summer Skies’ – Medium tall, double mauve pink flowers most of the summer
Pictoral Meadows seed mix ‘Golden Girl Mixed’ – cornflowers, Eschscholzia californica, Coreopsis
Geranium ‘Sherwood’ – pink long narrow petals
Galega ‘Lady Wilson’  - tall legume for mid summer
Eryngium ‘Donard’ – large soft deep blue flowers
Penesetum ‘Hameln’ – glorious evergreen grass in autumn
Sanguisorba ‘Tanna’ – tiny red pompom flowers
Lysimachia  atropurpurea ‘Beaujolais’ – burgundy flower spikes most of the summer
Molinia ‘Skyracer’  - upright narrow grass, excellent in winter.  Similar in habit to Calamagrostis ‘Carl Foerster’
Briza maxima or Briza minima types – delicate  quaking grass – annuals or perennials
Eryngium ‘Miss Wilmott’s Ghost’  - shines out in evening light, seeds around the garden
Athyrium filix femina’ Frizelliae’ – attractive and dainty fern
Digitalis parviflora – tall elegant evergreen foxglove with dainty rust orange flowers
Verbena hastata – tall for mid to late summer colour
Dahlia ‘Chat Noir’
Sweet pea Matacuna – very fragrant and pretty, Monty Don’s favourite!
Chenopodium giganteum – Tree spinach, ornamental and edible