Category Archives: Spring

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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Goltho Gardens in Spring


A family-run 4.5 acre garden with year-round interest. The garden boasts ponds and a long grass walk flanked by abundantly planted borders from which a network of paths meander.

The nut walk, David Austin Rose Garden and wildflower meadow are at their best in spring and early summer. A prarie border and an autumn garden provide late summer and autumnal interest, along with an impressive display of cyclamen. The potager provides the teashop with herbs and vegetables. Many of the plants are propagated on site and can be purchased in the nursery. The teashop serves local, home cooked food.

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