A Beautiful garden in the heart of Suffolk. Courtyard areas surround the traditional lime-washed pink walls of the house. A mass of colour with sumptuous perennial borders and two ponds. Stunning terracotta containers planted with a variety of topiary, perennials, annuals and bulbs.
Painshill Park in Surrey. Created by the Hon. Charles Hamilton, a painter, plantsman and landscape designer between 1738 and 1773. Influenced by Renaissance art and his memories of the grand tours throughout Europe. Today the scenic vistas and follies are given a magical touch by frost and ice in winer
Behind this traditional Victorian terrace house in South East London lies a truly original 'Urban Jungle'. With twentyfive tall tree ferns and a carpet of lush Soleirolla soleirolii, this garden is a cross between a Japanese moss garden and a subtropical jungle. Divides into three distinct areas; A patio/dining area nearest the house. A shaded area underneath a canopy of tree ferns with low growing ferns, foliage plants and architectural shrubs, a ground cover of creeping perennial Mind-your-own-business Soleirolia soleirolii. And a small seating area at the far end of the garden with sun loungers.
This beautiful garden in Cobham, Surrey is the creation of plantswoman and flower arranger `penny Snell. We know for her work with the National Garden Scheme, Penny has created a romantic garden with woodland paths, a circular gravel garden, a pleached avenue , courtyard and a stumpery. Photographed in the snow, it becomes a winter wonderland.
With views looking out over the English Channel, Walmer Castle was built under the instruction of Henry VIII. One of England’s finest Tudor artillery forts. The castle is the residence of the Lords Warden of the Cinque Ports, held by famous figures from the Duke of Wellington to Sir Winston Churchill.
The gardens include the Broadwalk with the doubly impressive cloud topiary yew hedges and herbaceous borders, the formal contemporary garden created in honour of the Queen Mother, the kitchen garden and woodland walk.
Set within an area of outstanding beauty, Borde Hill Garden in winter has year round interest. The Italian Garden, Paradise Walk, Jay Robin's Rose Garden and woodland walks are all transformed on a frosty day.
A country garden near Maidstone in Kent. Originally a Kentish Cobnut farm, redesigned and maintained over a number of years by the present owners and divided into distinct separate garden areas wrapping around the house. The main garden is dominated in early spring by a superb specimen ornamental cherry, Prunus ’Tai Haku’ together with Yew, Buxus and Lavender topiary and borders containing mixed shrubs, perennials and many spring bulbs. Other areas of the garden include a walled garden with wide borders, a canal and fountain. A sunken contemporary box parterre with modern sculpture. An area of specimen trees. Lines of triffid like hard pruned Kent cobnuts within the garden and a separate meadow with Kent cobnuts and many trees underplanted with Narcissus poeticus and other spring bulbs.
When award-winning architects James Soane and Christopher Ash built a modern house among the medieval cottages of Lavenham in Suffolk, they created a garden which is a successful blend of traditional and contemporary. With architectural skill they have packed a lot into a little space – a typical English lawn edged with lavender, a waist-high wall enclosing a herbaceous border, a mini-meadow no bigger than a living room carpet, a potager, raised vegetable beds and an elegant summerhouse with a green roof.
A small wrap around the house garden on three sides and a secret garden with a small hot border through an archway gate at the rear of the garden. The garden borders a railway line, hence the unusual shape and belongs to a garden designer and his wife.
A beautiful cottage garden in Berkshire where at this time of year (June) roses rule the roost. Owned by Keir & Louise Lusby who used to own a famous props company. Their garden is packed full of creative ideas from pebble mosaics and sculptures to water features in a cottage garden setting.
A garden on the 'Isle of Wight' a small island off the south coast of England. The garden was rescued, a renovation of a derilict aviary tourist attaction. The walled kitchen garden was restored from scratch, the lake dredged and cleared and the contemporary Japanese courtyard links the walled garden to the adjacent sub tropical plantings.
A small terraced garden in the village of Lymm near Warrington. Lawn, box topiary, hedging and variegated standard hollies, surrounded by lush perennial borders. Rose pergolas with York stone paving and pebble mosaics. Drystone walls, sentry pillars and small stone water feature and rectangular pond.
When the owners this house moved from their large traditional garden in Thames Ditton, just down the road to this newly built house they found themselves with a blank canvas – an area some 35m x 10m on a site which sloped towards the house, a drop of around 2 metres. They wanted something very different to what they had been used to. Wondering how to deal with this site they call upon the services of Cleve West, a landscape architect to come up with a plan for this sloping site. The owners, accomplished gardeners wanted to put their mark on the garden by planting it up, the result is a lush, beautiful contemporary gravel garden on several levels.
Although the Jardins du chateau de Villandry is best know for its French formal gardens, there are several different areas of garden in very different styles. They are split between three levels, each containing a different kind of garden: the Kitchen Garden or pottage on the lowest terrace. The Ornamental Garden consisting of the Jardin d’Amour and Jardin de Musique on the terrace above. The Water Garden or Jardin d’Eau on the highest level.
A three acre walled country garden photographed in February, late winter on a frosty morning. Divided into four areas. A rectangular lawn near the house with herbaceous borders either side. An upper lawn area with a small pond leading to the vegetable garden. A beautiful apple orchard with old knarled apple trees underplanted by Crocus tommasinianus and other spring bulbs. And a wild garden containing carpets of snowdrops, Ribes sanguinium ‘Elkington’s White’ which was discovered in this garden, a lovely tree house and a great borrowed view overlooking surrounding countryside.
Keukenhof near Amsterdam in the Netherlands, also known as the Garden of Europe. The garden opens to the public from March to May to showcase the Dutch bulb industries new and tried and tested varieties of spring bulbs. About seven million bulbs are planted every year and over two million people visit the gardens to see the stunning displays.