Category Archive: Country gardens

Bold planting in Berkhamsted

Bold late summer planting

‘Le patron mange ici‘ – this is my own recently-acquired garden in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire. At around 100 sq m it is a typical size plot for a British town garden, and has excellent views across the Chilterns that I was keen to enhance. The layout we inherited was also typical, with a narrow border with …

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Flowers and fruit in a Leicestershire village garden

Part of a makeover of a village garden, this planting for poor dry soil replaced scrappy turf between two driveways

With a future sale of this Leicestershire village house in mind, I was asked to improve the garden, working to a budget and with reasonable maintenance requirements in mind. The site is steeply sloping, and had been terraced when the house was built. The lower terrace was dominated by a Leylandii hedge, grown fat with …

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Editing a mature country house garden

The new owners of this mature country garden asked me to ‘edit’ it so it gives interest through the year, whilst taking into account the limited maintenance time it would receive. Overgrown trees and shrubs were pruned, and removed where necessary, with a number of high-performing replacements added to ensure interest through all seasons. A …

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Replanting within an existing design

Salvia cacaliifolia is one of a number of long-flowering accent plants in this replanting of terrace borders

I was asked to replant certain areas within this magnificent Oxfordshire garden, which had been created by its new owners over the previous five years. The wide borders by the terrace are in pole position outside the kitchen and conservatory, but the lavender interplanted between balls of box had largely died out. I introduced a …

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Succession planting in mixed borders

The season gets underway in February with snowdrops.

This was a long term project to introduce unusual high performance shrubs and trees to existing mixed borders, and add new perennial plantings and bulbs to give an extended season of interest. The borders are planted to give different colour harmonies along their length, with vibrant areas contrasting with quieter passages in shadier areas. The …

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