Monthly Archives: January 2017

Urban Jungle

Display of houseplants - © Bureaux/GAP Photos

Display of houseplants – © Bureaux/GAP Photos

You don’t have to live in a large space to have a garden all of your own. You’d be surprised how easy it is to look after plants and to incorporate them into your life, whether for their good looks, as a food source or something to nurture and grow.

If you’re stuck for space or perplexed by an expanse of empty wall, a hanging garden could be your green solution. Ideal for succulents and hardy grasses that need very little care and water, choose a cylindrical container that sits comfortably against the wall and plant up a selection of plants with interesting shapes and colourways. Alternatively, choose plants with scented flowers and allow the fragrance to waft into your home. Food for thought.

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Richard Ayre’s Garden

Winter borders with Cornus sanguinea 'Winter Beauty' - Dogwood at Richard Ayres' Garden, Lode, Cambridgeshire - © Zara Napier/GAP Photos

Winter borders with Cornus sanguinea ‘Winter Beauty’ – Dogwood at Richard Ayres’ Garden, Lode, Cambridgeshire – © Zara Napier/GAP Photos

The Cambridgeshire Garden of Richard Ayres (former head gardener at Anglesey Abbey) in Winter.

Winter border with Cornus alba 'Westonbirt', Skimmia, Betula utilis jacquemontii - Silver birch at Richard Ayres' Garden, Lode, Cambridgeshire in March - © Zara Napier/GAP Photos

Winter border with Cornus alba ‘Westonbirt’, Skimmia, Betula utilis jacquemontii – Silver birch at Richard Ayres’ Garden, Lode, Cambridgeshire in March – © Zara Napier/GAP Photos

Richard has lived in the Thatched Cottage in the village of Lode for over twenty years. The back garden (60m x 30m or 197ft x 98ft) has a wonderful collection of snowdrops, many rare and unusual. Richard built up the famous collection of snowdrops at Anglesey Abbey after finding a rare snowdrop in the woods – Galanthus lagodechinaus. Richard was also responsible for developing the now famous ‘Winter Walk’ at Anglesey Abbey and his own garden with its interesting and colourful winter stems reflects some of the planting from the ‘Winter Walk’.

Frosted Gingko leaf on grass  - © Zara Napier/GAP Photos

Frosted Gingko leaf on grass – © Zara Napier/GAP Photos

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Berlin Winter Garden

Lutyens style bench on granite terrace with dusting of snow sheltered by abies with view to mixed border. Rhododendrons in background- Welsch Garden, Berlin, Germany - © Brigitte Welsch/GAP Photos

Lutyens style bench on granite terrace with dusting of snow sheltered by abies with view to mixed border. Rhododendrons in background- Welsch Garden, Berlin, Germany – © Brigitte Welsch/GAP Photos

This winter garden is protected by hedges and shrubs on a major street in Berlin. Rosa’s deep love of nature shines in the garden all year round.

In the garden is for example an area of rhododendrons with other shrubs, borders with perennials, grasses and roses, borders with hydrangeas, a front garden with box topiary, a courtyard with artfully espaliers and a conservatory. Rosa will not emptied the borders in the autumn. The structures and textures of plantings come in winter to bear. Groups of trees form a winter silhouette on lawn. This is a garden for the real plant lovers who devote time and attention to the garden.

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