Michael King

Shrubs are the Next New Thing: a review of ‘Shrub Features’ by Michael King.

December 18, 2014

Time to review an ebook – in this case a self published ebook by Michael King: Shrub Features. Many thanks to Sarah Coles for her perseverance and excellent review. Michael may be best known for his work on grasses and meadows, and is co-author of with Piet Oudolf of one of my most battered and […]

Try formality? by Susan Cohan

February 24, 2014

Our last piece was by Michael King and suggested that the New Perennial or Naturalistic style was getting everywhere and being used insensitively. Susan Cohan goes slightly further than that and dares to express an admiration for formality; indeed, four hundred year old formality. Interesting? Anne Wareham, editor Susan Cohan: I’m taking sides with Andre […]

It’s Everywhere – Michael King on Naturalistic Planting.

February 21, 2014

Michael King has just stirred things up again by publishing a post on his blog suggesting we may be finding naturalistic planting a little ubiquitous. Is it all getting a bit samey? (Is the classic herbaceous border a bit samey too, though?) And are naturalistic schemes in danger of simply replicating themselves – planting by […]

Naturalistic Planting is anything but, by Michael King

April 24, 2012

There has been a great deal of animated discussion recently about what a ‘meadow’ is in a garden context and I think this is a subject well worth clarifying a little better. It is clearly related in people’s minds to prairie planting, naturalistic planting, perennial planting and perhaps other confusing terms. Michael King, co-author with Piet […]