Category Archives: My favourite

Church View

Gravel path leading towards mature Apple tree, with wooden curved seat at its base, and late summer borders with perennials and grasses on sloping back cottage garden at Church View, Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria NGS - © Fiona Lea/GAP Photos

Gravel path leading towards mature Apple tree, with wooden curved seat at its base, and late summer borders with perennials and grasses on sloping back cottage garden at Church View, Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria NGS – © Fiona Lea/GAP Photos

A country garden the belies its youth in providing fullness, variety and an abundance of colour.

Although Church View is a fine old sandstone cottage, it has a newly developed back garden on a sloping site. Landscape gardener and plantsman, Ian Huckson, transformed the half-acre garden in just 3 years. It took one year of clearance and hard-landscaping followed by two years of planting and cultivation. The planting was carried out from autumn 2007 to spring 2008. The garden belies its youth in providing fullness, variety and an abundance of floral display. Ian takes particular pride in the design and quality of his plantings. Helen and Ian have worked together for many years and as Ian says, ‘we have similar garden tastes, which is great.’

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Breedenbroek

View of house from flowerbed - Breedenbroek, New Zealand - © Steven Wooster/GAP Photos

View of house from flowerbed – Breedenbroek, New Zealand – © Steven Wooster/GAP Photos

A 5 acre plot developed over 12 years to form a beautiful country garden.

Designed with the help of New Zealand Landscape Architect, Ben McMaster, the garden features four broad herbaceous borders sheltered by high hornbeam hedges and formal box-hedged rose beds linked by arches.

Bay hedges enclose a potager garden and beyond, there’s a small orchard. A natural creek meanders through the garden flowing into a large informal pond. A board walk leads you around the pond and through a native area. The garden is open for visitors.

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Carol’s Secret Garden

White wirework chairs and table and carefully chosen ornaments make a striking focal point in a shady, private seating area of a town garden - © Graham Strong/GAP Photos

White wirework chairs and table and carefully chosen ornaments make a striking focal point in a shady, private seating area of a town garden – © Graham Strong/GAP Photos

A small garden full of theatrical touches with a wide range of exotic plants.

This garden is only 15 feet wide, but long and narrow and typical of a terraced house plot built at the turn of the century.

Hostas and Begonia rex in pots and a suspended spider plant alongside a gravel path that leads to a shady seating area with white wirework furniture - © Graham Strong/GAP Photos

Hostas and Begonia rex in pots and a suspended spider plant alongside a gravel path that leads to a shady seating area with white wirework furniture – © Graham Strong/GAP Photos

The garden is full of theatrical touches with a wide range of exotic plants and carefully chosen eye catchers. There are three seating areas which each have a different view point on the garden as well as a square gazebo surrounded by bold foliage.

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