Category Archives: Spring

Tuin Zander Naam

Formal garden with Tulipa 'Pink Impression', Tulipa 'Pink Diamond', Tulipa 'Rosalie', Tulipa 'Violet Beauty' and Narcissus 'Bellsong' - © Elke Borkowski/GAP Photos

Formal garden with Tulipa ‘Pink Impression’, Tulipa ‘Pink Diamond’, Tulipa ‘Rosalie’, Tulipa ‘Violet Beauty’ and Narcissus ‘Bellsong’ – © Elke Borkowski/GAP Photos

This garden, started as a hobby with troublesome soil is now popular with visitors.

In the early nineties, Frank Thuyls and his friend started their garden project ‘Tuin zonder Naam’ in Liessel, The Netherlands. The sandy soil was a problem, so loads of horse manure given by nearby farmers was necessary to improve the poor soil. The garden was started as a hobby as they had a passion for flowers and nature. They created 10 garden rooms each with a theme, divided by hedges and perfectly clipped topiary.

Topiary in garden shaped from Buxus sempervirens - © Elke Borkowski/GAP Photos

Topiary in garden shaped from Buxus sempervirens – © Elke Borkowski/GAP Photos

Now the garden is well known and attracts many visitors every year, artists are exhibit their work in the garden, with different exhibitions several times a year. The different colour schemes in the garden are also repeated in the spring bulb planting. Visitors enter the garden by the first garden room known as the the pink garden, backed by beech hedges where in spring flowering pink tulips such as ‘Pink Diamond’, ‘Rosalie’ and ‘Pink Impression’ are feature.

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Southwood Lodge

This London garden has been designed and created by the owner, Sue Whittington.

Tulipa 'Antoinette' next to stone birdbath with Fagus - Beech hedge in background - Southwood Lodge - © Matt Anker/GAP Photos

Tulipa ‘Antoinette’ next to stone birdbath with Fagus – Beech hedge in background – Southwood Lodge – © Matt Anker/GAP Photos

This very private garden is not overlooked by any other houses. Shrubs, perennials and climbers with mature trees make for a densely planted interesting garden, with very distinct areas that merge subtly together when walking round. The woodland planting area has a pond that is full of life, and is a great place to be when the sun is too hot. This contrasts with the formal area of garden with clipped topiary, statues and clean lines. The garden is full of unusual plants many of which are for sale. Open for NGS each year.

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Sherwood

Pathway through spring colour including Narcissus - Sherwood Garden, Devon - © Abigail Rex/GAP Photos

Pathway through spring colour including Narcissus – Sherwood Garden, Devon – © Abigail Rex/GAP Photos

This is a 15 acre valley woodland garden, in a remote part of Devon.

The steep landscape provides an ideal way of showcasing a collection of mature trees, including Magnolias, Rhododendrons and Azaleas. The remaining formal gardens include drifts of naturalised Narcissus and Hyacinthoides, in spring, together with Camellias. This is an unusual and very dramatic garden with emphasis on conservation of wild flowers and trees.

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