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Louise van den Akker

Varied Dutch 2,300 square metre country garden. In summer it is overflowing with roses and colour themed borders.


GAP Photos/Elke Borkowski

Feature No:   883 

Qty of Images:    37 


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Within this varied 2,300 metre Dutch country garden there are several intimate garden rooms, divided by evergreen yew hedges.  The front of the house is flanked with pleached linden trees which is common in many Dutch gardens, but Louise has underplanted these linden trees with masses of grey-leaved Salvia officinalis which doesn't look common at all.

 During summer the air is filled with the lovely scent of roses such as 'Marie Pavic', 'Pearl Drift' and 'Kiftsgate' which climbs towards the top of the house.    Louise has been developing her garden since 1997 piece by piece. She loves subtle colours and all shades of green. All perennials and box plants were self-raised from cuttings because in the beginning she couldn't afford to spend much money on plants.

The atmosphere of this garden is calm, almost pastoral. There is a spacious lawn with a formal baroque style bassin and a weathered statue, a favourite place for the clucking troupe of Sussex hens. A hiddden greenhouse is overflowing with tender plants and seedlings as Louise still loves to grow her own plants. There are hidden seats all over the garden, a lovely woodland area with good foliage plants such as Hosta, Hellebores and Hydrangea Annabelle.
Louise takes part in the Dutch open garden scheme.



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