While it’s usually peak visiting time, we’re finding new ways of getting our garden fix from the comfort and safety of your own home while we’re all socially distancing. Here’s a selection of astonishing gardens featured on the pages of the Gardens Illustrated magazine that the team love. Lose yourself in the images below.
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A Scottish garden with a South African twist
John Hoyland said: “There was no design on paper. The garden grew from talking about what was needed, how to deal with the rain and the wind, and how to find space for all the plants Will and Sue had collected. When laying out the garden the surrounding landscape was always the focus, and the plants always lead the eye towards the view…
“My favourite part of the garden is a high mound covered with flaming red and orange Crocosmia. I love it even more when Sue points out stone steps, hidden among the plants, that lead to the top of the mound and a low stone bench around a steel fire pit. It is also a belvedere from which you can see the layout of the garden and admire views across the cultivated area to the meadow beyond and then down to the sea. It is a sight you could never tire of. ”
A garden tumbling down a rocky cliff face in Devon
Matthew Reese said: “The garden wraps around the house and gently slopes down to a bleached, oak deck and pool. Render walls have been replaced with smart, metal, see-through railings, revealing spectacular views across the bay. Beyond the deck, the garden drops away, tumbling down the cliff face towards the water’s edge.
“Duncan and Will have made a beautiful garden on a difficult site close to the sea. The garden connects seamlessly with the
wider landscape, and is a wonderful exhibition of what is possible when the artist and the gardener collaborate.”
A romantic, 13-century gatehouse garden in Cornwall
Anna Pavord said: “The euphorbia is a signature plant at Trematon, particularly in spring, when the lime-green heads sing out against the sober backdrop of stone walls and evergreen oaks. But in summer, echiums (Echium pininana) take over the leading role, rearing in blue spikes up to 3m tall on the slope behind the gatehouse. In this new situation, the Bannermans have seized all the advantages of a Cornish maritime climate. Yet again, they have conjured up a bold, brave and brilliant garden.”