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Upper Tan House

In autumn this garden on the Welsh border glows with strong colours. It contains lots of good ideas for extending interest into the autumn months, and setting a garden into its rural context.


Herefordshire, UK

GAP Photos/Carole Drake

Feature No:   4101 

Qty of Images:    73 


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Visiting Caroline and James Weymouth's garden at Upper Tan House in Stansbatch, north Herefordshire it comes as quite a surprise to learn that before moving here in 1996 they had only ever gardened in cities. Nineteen years later their 1.5 acre garden delivers a master class on the delicate art of setting a garden into a beautiful rural landscape. Reached at the end of a narrow track in a quiet village near the Welsh border, the garden seems to flow in and out of its setting as if liquid, through the airy rusted steel estate fencing that traces its edges and around the natural contours of the immediate landscape. In autumn the garden glows with strong colours. 'I think autumn light has a clarity about it which can take strong, punchy colours', says Caroline. 'I particularly love the red Hesperantha coccinea which originally came from our London garden and likes the dampness and the sun here so much that it's spread and spread.' To succeed June flowering herbaceous plants Caroline uses dahlias which flower until the first frosts including clear orange 'David Howard', dark red, spiky-flowered 'Chat Noir' and vivid scarlet 'Bishop of Llandaff' with its sooty, dark foliage. Lots of good ideas for extending interest into the autumn months, and setting a garden into a rural context.



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