I love gardens and like nothing better than spending any spare time visiting gardens –from small courtyards to vast estates. Although quite often it’s the small gardens that give you the most ideas, as inspiration can most easily be translated to fit suburban plots. Obviously I’m not alone in this as the National Garden Scheme is a popular weekend pastime for many, and as I shall be on holiday in Scotland next week I’ve already picked out a few to visit. It’s a great way to pick up design ideas, discover new plants, and learn more about plants from the owners of the gardens and eat cake, of course.
No cake provided but I think my mother’s garden is worthy of a mention here so Amelia took a few photo’s for you to peruse. It’s a small plot and there isn’t any grass (my father hated cutting grass) but it’s lush and verdant and very stylish. Lots of sitting places to admire the view with a glass of wine in the sun – which really is my mother’s main criteria for a garden!
She’s a very well travelled lady, so picked up a fair few decor bits on her travels. She bought the lanterns when she used to live in Hong Kong (which needless to say is how she came to get her nickname ‘Hong Kong Granny’ from the kids) and she’s often keen to let people know that apparently Prince Charles has the same ones!
I think her garden is a fantastic example though of what can be done with a smallish suburban plot, don’t you think?
Of course, having that many pots to water is by no means low maintenance, so that’s definitely something to consider when designing your garden, but it certainly makes for a beautiful and peaceful place to sit with a glass of wine.
Well hopefully you’ve enjoyed this little garden tour? I’d love to know which is your favourite part in the comments below.
Photography: Amelia Brooks
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