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The Avenue

It’s a decade or more since Martin Woods and his family moved to their detached home in Hitchin, with its rising rear garden of around 300 square metres in size.


GAP Photos/Nicola Stocken

Feature No:   2928 

Qty of Images:    75 


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Having gardened since childhood, and been restricted to hanging baskets and pots in his first two homes due to lack of space, Martin relished the prospect of at last being able to experiment with a wide palette of plants. First, though, he demolished a ramshackle extension built into the slope at the rear, digging out 100 tonnes of soil and an old rockery in order to create a patio area and wooden terrace. Retaining walls provided a backdrop for a deep fish pond and two raised beds that flank wide steps — an ideal 'stage' for his collection of tender succulents and exotic plants. In the upper garden, a lawn is surrounded in beds overflowing with a beautiful arrangement of herbaceous perennials and ornamental grasses. In the centre of the garden, a katsura tree overhands a bench, surrounded in taller planting that veils the different areas of the garden. Beyond, a beech hedge creates a leafy backdrop near the top of the garden, behind it a work area, small vegetable plot and greenhouse — the 'engine room' of the garden where Martin propagates and grows from cuttings the many plants that fill his garden.



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