The Dutch Garden is on the western end of the house and makes a setting for our drawing room which we added to the house in the 1980’s. It consists of eight box-edged flower beds that are punctuated with box balls and obelisks. Also here are clipped Hollies ‘Golden King’, box spirals and a pair of stylized Peacocks. The beds are planted twice yearly with tulips for spring followed by summer bedding. We try to be as original as possible with the planting combinations here, sometimes you might find them soothing, at other times shocking but, that’s the fun of gardening.
 
This is the setting for several of our large pots, again planted twice yearly, where you will find original and interesting ingredients as well as the more familiar but, these are often used in unexpected and unusual ways. We always try to have new plants growing on for use in these pots so that they are of a substantial size when first introduced.
 
A teak greenhouse houses part of a collection of old-fashioned Pelargonium’s during the summer months. On the back wall is trained the rose ‘Columbian Climber’, it is here because we like to be able to enjoy it as a cut flower during the winter as well as enjoying its swooningly, sweet scent here in the summer. In the winter our collection of Aeoniums and other succulents are housed here under frost-free conditions.
 



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