Wildside garden – Keith Wiley’s garden

Wildside garden and nursery on the edge of Dartmoor, Devon was created by Keith Wiley where he lives with his artist wife Ros Wiley.

Informal country garden in July with grasses and perennials including Astilbe, Hosta, Rodgersia, Filipendula, Campanula, Astrantia, Anthemis, Hemerocallis, Salvia, Lychnis, Linaria, Dierema, Geranium, Heuchera, Stipa tenuissima, Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster' - Wildside garden - © Richard Bloom/GAP Photos

Informal country garden in July with grasses and perennials including Astilbe, Hosta, Rodgersia, Filipendula, Campanula, Astrantia, Anthemis, Hemerocallis, Salvia, Lychnis, Linaria, Dierema, Geranium, Heuchera, Stipa tenuissima, Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’ – Wildside garden – © Richard Bloom/GAP Photos

Originally Keith was the Head Gardener and manager at The Garden House at Buckland Monachoram and is also a well known author and lecturer. The garden he has created at Wildside can be loosley described as naturalistic in style but Keith has taken this to whole new level. The garden was originally a flat field but he has transformed the site through extensive landscaping and spectacular planting. The planting was inspired by Keith and Ros’s travels around the world and then recreating elements of these wild landscapes in his own garden, from wildflowers in Crete to meadows in South Africa and beyond. In effect he has recreated the natural habitats of plants from all over the world in his own garden which required a huge amount of landscaping, digging deep ravines and valleys and piling up large hills and banks of soil. Then, plants have been given just the right location, aspect, soil type and amount of light or shade. The other benefit of such colossal landscaping has been the variety of viewpoints created, from up high on a steep bank looking down or from the bottom of a ravine looking up. There are so many plants at Wildside and of such variety it is hard to believe and yet they grow side by side happily as one big community.

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