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The Old Sun House

A beautiful informal garden with a country feel designed by Leonie Woolhouse


Norfolk, UK

GAP Photos/Maxine Adcock Design: Leonie Woolhouse

Feature No:   350 

Qty of Images:    168 

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Leonie Woolhouse, a botanist, artist and craftsperson has created a plantsperson's garden, approx 1.3 acres of mainly river flood plain. The soil is loamy and peaty, damp in many places and was until relatively recently, rough pasture land. It sits in a bend of the River Tiffey and is bordered by water on three sides.

A row of mature lime trees mark the eastern boundary and several ash trees dot the other borders. Over the last twenty years the garden has evolved with many more interesting trees and shrubs being planted, including many fruit trees. Perennial beds were added, a vegetable garden and a large collection of roses were planted by Leonie's late husband, Harold, who was also a botanist. The garden was his great love and it was after his death in 1996 that Leonie continued the garden with autumn colour in mind, as it was Harold's preferred season above all others.

There are also hens, a mini arboretum and interesting out-buildings. Driftwood sculptures, rustic furniture, wigwams and obelisks all made by Leonie are dotted around the garden and also found objects such as an old boat nestling on the edge of a border and an old bicycle leaning against a tree add interesting focal points. Planting has generally concentrated on developing a garden where foliage, flowers and colours make the garden of interest all year round but autumn is particularly beautiful.



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