Monthly Archives: September 2016

Bay Tree House


Bay Tree House is a contemporary one-acre garden surrounding an attractive wooden clad house.

The owner has turned a field of poor dry soil into the well-designed garden it is today, with a naturalistic style of ornamental grasses and perennials peaking in late summer, and a Mediterranean style garden behind the house. The planting is rhythmical and loose within a tight structure. A long narrow rill, pleached lime trees, modern benches and seats add clean crisp touches. She loves a visitor’s comment on her garden as ‘immaculate and free-spirited’.

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Beechwell – Late Summer

An urban jungle near Bristol in September.

Border of tropical plants - Chamaerops humilis var cerifera in the middle, and Musa basjoo behind - Beechwell House, Bristol - © Lynn Keddie/GAP Photos

Border of tropical plants – Chamaerops humilis var cerifera in the middle, and Musa basjoo behind – Beechwell House, Bristol – © Lynn Keddie/GAP Photos

Tim has had a life-long interest in exotic plants and when he moved to this originally quite ordinary urban garden he gradually transformed it into an extraordinary jungle. 15′ Banana trees jostle with mighty Dicksonia and Trachycarpus while at their feet Persicaria and varieties of ginger cover every inch of soil. Each year Tim carefully protects tender specimens and each spring everything grows several feet taller and wider.

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Parham

Wooden bench and Bergenia - Parham, West Sussex - © Abigail Rex/GAP Photos

Wooden bench and Bergenia – Parham, West Sussex – © Abigail Rex/GAP Photos

Parham is an extensive and romantic property, consisting of walled formal gardens and parkland, overseen by head gardener, Tom Brown.

Cherub stone statues and wooden bench - Parham, West Sussex - © Abigail Rex/GAP Photos

Cherub stone statues and wooden bench – Parham, West Sussex – © Abigail Rex/GAP Photos

The estate was purchased in a poor condition in 1922 and after being restored to its current glory, opened to the public in 1948. In the summer, the walled gardens display their imposing structure and colour with extensive double borders estimated to measure 8m wide. Late summer reflects mellow tints and most notable planting includes Helianthus salicifolius, Coreopsis verticillata Grandiflora, Eupatorium maculatum, Sedum, Achillea, Phlox and Rosa.

Malus trained against wooden frame alongside border in September - Parham, West Sussex - © Abigail Rex/GAP Photos

Malus trained against wooden frame alongside border in September – Parham, West Sussex – © Abigail Rex/GAP Photos

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