For us keen gardeners and designers, visiting gardens is a great pleasure, a relaxing way to spend an afternoon perhaps. But your enjoyment will be even greater if you find gardens where all the aspects are beautifully designed, rather than a space containing a collection of plants.
A well designed garden that’s been planned, will be much more interesting. The principles of garden design such as scale, proportion and unity will have been employed, it will have both structure and ornamental parts and will also relate well to the surrounding landscape.
Once you see these principles in use, they are much easier to grasp and you’ll see how they can elevate a basic garden into one that’s really special.
Here are two gardens, one in Wales and one in Herefordshire that really tick that ‘special’ box.
This garden, described as a modern romantic garden, has been created by Anne Wareham and Charles Hawes over the last twenty years. It’s been described as extrordinarily ambitious, and I can’t wait to see it this summer.
“Only rarely does one come across a garden so ambitious and succesful as the one at Veddw House” Stephen Anderton The Times.
Veddw House Garden
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Thanks to Charles Hawes for the use of the images.
I visited this garden about four years ago. There are three acres of lovely planting, follies and garden rooms surrounding the house, and a further five acres of informal gardens.
It’s also home to the gardening magazine Hortus.
Stapleton (Nr Presteigne)
Herefordshire LD8 2LP
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What gardens would you recommend visiting this summer?