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It's surprisingly easy to turn a deaf ear to the bustling market town surrounding this leafy retreat, because there's such a peaceful air within.


Buckinghamshire, UK

GAP Photos/Nicola Stocken

Feature No:   2922 

Qty of Images:    53 


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'It comes from the garden being predominantly green - it's such a calming colour,' says Jo Naiman, an IT consultant turned garden designer. It means that Jo chooses plants predominantly for their foliage, as opposed to flower colour, filling her garden with a myriad of green hues infused with the occasional splash of gold, red or purple from Japanese maples - a firm favourite, not only for the variations in leaf colour and shape, but also for their three seasons of interest. 'There's spring's fresh foliage, autumn's colours and then the skeletal shapes in winter,' she says. Maples also respond beautifully to pruning and pot culture. 'Every two years, I trim back the roots, returning each plant to the same pot. I treat them rather like large bonsai trees,' she adds. This is a garden with a distinct Japanese flavour. 'I'd been interested in Japanese embroidery and ceramics long before discovering the Japanese Garden Society at Tatton Park Flower Show,' she explains. 'I fell in love with the style, so that was that!' However, whilst following certain principles of Japanese garden design - such as using curved as opposed to straight lines - she is no slave to the style. 'I would find the planting too restrictive.'



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