Our garden is set in the Trent Valley on a corner plot of approximately ½ an acre on the edge of the village. Although we moved here many years ago it has only been in the last fifteen years that the garden has been gradually developed as a perennial garden with the aim of achieving a long season of colour and interest. As with every garden this is an ongoing challenge and we hope that visitors will now be able to share this as we continue to develop and fine-tune the planting.
The garden is set out in a series of flowing herbaceous borders and island beds, with separated areas around the summerhouse, greenhouse and vegetable plot providing specific areas for relaxation, plant propagation and fruit/vegetable cultivation. There are also two linked ponds, the larger one home to our coldwater fish. Whilst hardy perennials dominate the planting we both share a weakness for unusual and tender plants, restricted only by the size of our greenhouse for over-wintering them! Our palm trees are hardy but we have bananas, tree ferns, eucomis, begonias and many more unusual plants. Like many gardeners, some of our plants are mementos of visits to other gardens in and outside the UK, although we do enjoy the challenge of growing from seed.Our separate vegetable plot consists of a series of twelve beds suitable for rotational cropping, together with raised or separate beds for fruit, all centred on a small natural wildlife pond. In time the espalier fruit trees will frame this part of the garden. A three-bin composting centre was also incorporated into the design, together with a log pile to encourage insect life. Complementary planting is used in this garden.