Really great gardens look good throughout the seasons, but at the moment there’s an extra quality, a freshness and vitality that’s unique to this time of year.
Gardens will soon be looking quite different, so seize the moment and make some time to visit a beautiful garden.
Enjoy the colours and scents, remember to take a camera and a notebook and borrow some ideas to use in your own garden.
These are three of my favourite gardens:
LOSELEY HOUSE AND GARDEN
near Guildford, Surrey
It has a fabulous white garden (see above), a herb garden and a large walled vegetable garden with a beautiful Elizabethan manor as the backdrop.
Northiam, East Sussex
The plant combinations are always amazing.
WEST DEAN GARDENS
near Chichester, West Sussex
There’s a fabulous walled kitchen garden, Victorian glasshouses and a fruit garden.