Get the Bloom Look

Do you want to recreate the Barretstown and Glanbia Sowing the Seeds of Magic garden look at home? We will be updating this page with lots of information on how to recreate the look and where you can buy the different plants and features from our garden.

The garden was designed by Tim Austen, a gold medal winning Bloom garden designer and the owner of Austen Associates, a Wicklow based landscape architecture and garden design practice. For more information about Tim check out: www.timaustengardendesigns.com.

The garden was built by the team at Total Ground Care, you can contact Damien at 086 8064310.

A large number of the plants and features from the garden were supplied by CountryLife and its partners, find out more at www.countrylife.ie.

Some of the suppliers who helped create our garden are listed below, and the amazing team at Total Ground Care built the garden, with the guidance of award winning designer Tim Austen.

See more images of the garden on our Facebook page.

See the garden coming to life and taking pride of place in Bloom – view our gallery here

Plant List

Specimen Trees

  • Cercydiphyllum japonicum – (“Katsura” = wishing tree at front of garden)
  • Metasequoia glyptostroboides – Swamp Cypress to rear of garden
  • Taxodium distichum
  • Fagus sylvatica purpurea – Purple Beech
  • Fagus sylvatica – Green Beech
  • Betula utilis ‘Jacquemontii’ – White Birch
  • Trachycarpus fortune – Palm Tree

Specimen Shrubs

  • Wisteria brachybotrys ‘Captain Fuji’ – White flowering tree near colourful twisty walkway
  • Magnolia brooklynensis Yellow Bird
  • Cornus kousa ‘Teutonica’ – front of garden near pond and beside moongate
  • Fetsia japonica – near colourful twisty walkway (big leaves, evergreen)
  • Arbutus unedo – Strawberry tree on mound Red Door (not real strawberries – grows in Kerry)


  • Matteuccia struthiopteris
  • Polystichum polyblepharum
  • Dicksonia antartica – Large fern in swamp
  • Cyathea cooperi – Large fern near corner
  • Blechnum nudum
  • Osmunda regalis


  • Miscanthus sinensis ‘Zebrinus’ – Stripey grass near pond
  • Spartina aureomarginata
  • Stipa gigantean
  • Stipa tenuissima ‘Pony Tails’ – grass under ‘window’
  • Veronica prostrate

Groundcover shrubs and perennials

  • Actaea simplex
  • Agapanthus ‘Blue Storm’
  • Allium schoenoprasum
  • Astelia chathamica ‘Silver Spear’
  • Allium ‘Christophii’
  • Achillea ‘Moonshine’
  • Alchemilla erythropoda ‘Alma’
  • Armeria maritime
  • Astilbe ‘Rheinland’
  • Calendula officinalis
  • Campanula muralis
  • Delphinium ‘Dasante’ – blue flowers near window
  • Digitalis ‘Dalmation Crème’ – creamy foxgloves
  • Erigeron karvinskianus ‘Profusion’
  • Fragaria vesca – wild strawberries on central mound
  • Geranium maculatum ‘Espresso’
  • Hosta ‘Framces Williams’
  • Hosta ‘Guacamole’
  • Hosta sieboldiana ‘Elegans’
  • Knautia macedonica ‘Red Knight’
  • Libertia grandiflora
  • Ligularia dentate ‘Desdemona’
  • Nepeta x faassenii ‘Walker’s Low’ – blue flower on front of mound
  • Origanum vulgare ‘Aureum’ – near entrance
  • Primula bulleyana – near exit
  • Primula capitata
  • Salvia nemorosa ‘Caradonna’  – purple near window and pool
  • Scabiosa caucasica ‘Butterfly Blue’  – purple flower near mirror
  • Scrophularia auriculata ‘Variegata’ – in swamp (variegated)
  • Vinca minor ‘Illumination’ – corner