Expert tying in & sculptural Salix

Back in March I visited RHS garden Hyde Hall and was stopped in my tracks by an impressive example of tying in.  I know that this is perhaps not your usual ‘stopped in my tracks’ moment but the sculptural form created from Rosa ‘Cecile Brunner’ really was something to be admired.

From a distance the eye was fooled that the flurry of neat little knots may be an abundant covering of buds but on closer inspection the expert nature of this horticultural skill was revealed.

Further into the garden and another example of beautiful, artistic tying in (or down in this case).

Here the vibrant yellow stems of Salix alba subsp. vitellina looked stunning against the low winter sun, surrounded by coppery orange tones of Anemanthele lessoniana

Selected willow specimens had been contorted to produce organic sculptural forms. Their stems grouped and tied before being twisted around one another to create striking shapes, reminiscent of the twists and turns of a roller coaster.

I particularly liked how these dramatic forms stood out amongst those left in their natural, albeit coppiced form.