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Barn House in Autumn


For Kate and Hitesh Patel bamboos are not only great garden plants but also a reminder of happy years spent in Southeast Asia where they grew it on their balcony in Bangkok, as well as time spent 'courting in the bamboo grove in Kew Gardens'.


Season:
Autumn


Location:
Gloucestershire, UK


Credits:
GAP Photos/Carole Drake


Feature No:   4100 

Qty of Images:    79 

 
  
  
 
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Synopsis
The one acre garden around their home on the slopes of the Wye Valley near Chepstow features bold stands of golden stemmed bamboos amongst many other grasses that look beautiful all year round. Returning to the UK in 2001 Kate and Hitesh lived in London for a while before heading west to find 'space to make a proper garden'. They moved to Barn House in Brockweir in 2006 bringing with them two Luton van loads of plants including bamboos, grasses and a big specimen jasmine. 'The front garden was a rough field full of thousands of daffodils and a few trees and the back garden was choked with bindweed and brambles but we could see the potential', recalls Kate. Twelve years on their 'proper garden' is a masterpiece of inspired planting that looks striking twelve months of the year, a dazzling mix of grasses planted en masse, as striking specimen plants in pots or interspersed with resilient herbaceous perennials and bulbs that introduce splashes of bright colour in summer and frost catching seed heads through the winter. In autumn the big stands of calamagrostis on the terraces have turned a rich gold, a foil for the seedheads of rudbeckias and catmint, while there are still flowers in the form of asters, sedums and dahlias. Acers are colouring up too. A gorgeous seasonal garden with lots of interest and good planting ideas for year round interest.

 

 

 
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