Monthly Archives: March 2017

James Walsh – Living Colour Gardens designers

A small urban plot, a lawn with a tendency to become muddy and the arrival of a new baby meant David and Sarah Matthews decided on artificial turf in their new garden in West London.

Small garden with beds containing Tulipa 'Angelique' - pink, Tulipa 'Queen of the Night' - dark and Tulipa 'Mount Tacoma' - white - © Paul Debois/GAP Photos

Small garden with beds containing Tulipa ‘Angelique’ – pink, Tulipa ‘Queen of the Night’ – dark and Tulipa ‘Mount Tacoma’ – white – © Paul Debois/GAP Photos

Designed by James Walsh of Living Colour Gardens, the aim was to keep it looking as natural as possible, framing the grass with brick edging using reclaimed bricks that tie in well with the new raised beds and perimeter wall. They wanted to keep the planting natural too, and quite wild, with lots of seasonal interest. They love cooking and entertaining, so making the garden part of the house was essential. Using oak decking boards and bespoke BBQ and seating areas near to the house, this was successfully achieved. Combined with a brick patio at the back, this has allowed them the chance of al fresco dining and entertaining in the sun – with a ready made playing area for small folk!

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Traas Spring Garden

A beautiful country garden in Spring.

Mixed borders with Fritillaria imperialis 'Aurora', Fritillaria imperialis 'The Premier' and Fritillaria imperialis 'Aureomarginata' - © Elke Borkowski/GAP Photos

Mixed borders with Fritillaria imperialis ‘Aurora’, Fritillaria imperialis ‘The Premier’ and Fritillaria imperialis ‘Aureomarginata’ – © Elke Borkowski/GAP Photos

This is a beautiful country garden, owned by Jan & Addy Traas, in the county of Zeeland, The Netherlands. The garden is divided into several garden rooms around the house. There are formal box hedged borders filled with orange Fritillaria imperialis ‘Premier’. Borders organised by colour including a bright tulip border full of flame red, orange and apricot.

Mixed border with Fritillaria imperialis 'Aurora', Fritillaria imperialis 'The Premier' and Fritillaria imperialis 'Aureomarginata' with summerhouse in background - © Elke Borkowski/GAP Photos

Mixed border with Fritillaria imperialis ‘Aurora’, Fritillaria imperialis ‘The Premier’ and Fritillaria imperialis ‘Aureomarginata’ with summerhouse in background – © Elke Borkowski/GAP Photos

Stunning in Spring; fruit trees underplanted with huge drifts of yellow tulips ‘Juliette’ and Narcissus ‘Tripartite’, ‘Waterperry’ and ‘Yellow Cheerfulness’. There are lovley containers full of mixtures of hyacinths and tulips and a cosy summerhouse and outdoor chairs and tables to enjoy the display.

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Tulip Time at Little Larford Cottage

Tulips at Little Larford Cottage, Worcestershire - GAP Photos

Tulips at Little Larford Cottage, Worcestershire – GAP Photos

A glorious display of Tulips and Spring bedding surrounding a thatched cottage in a woodland setting.

This magnificent hillside garden, created by Derek and Lin Walker, is filled with thousands of tulips in Spring. A plethora of tulip varieties and colour line the driveway and gravel paths that lead to the quintessentially English thatched cottage.

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