"Structure is the most important component in a successful planting; colour is important too but it is a secondary consideration" Piet Oudolf (b.1944). looked at landscape gardening as a career alternative to his family business of catering. Piet Oudolf is the most influential garden designer of the past 25 years. An internationally-renowned landscape designer from the Netherlands he is a leading figure of the ‘New Perennial’ or ‘New Wave Planting’ movement, using bold blocks of perennials and grasses to create Prairie style designs. Piet and his wife first opened a nursery in Hummelo, the Netherlands back in the 1980s, and his planting style emerged with strong block-type groupings based on structure and texture as much as colour. As his design style progressed he has focussed on the perennial meadow, mimicking nature in his planting style.