I am a regular visitor to this delightful garden. In summer its lush herbaceous borders are a wonder – but it’s a stunning winter garden, too.
As the hedges fill in the garden belies its heritage as a very flat fruit-field. Statuary, urns and garden ornaments all add to the effect.
These dead grass-tops add wonderful subtle colour and contrast. And of course, they’re beautiful in summer, too.
Trees add height and beautiful bark, along with stunning-coloured dogwoods and spreading pampas grasses. The planting is just beautiful, as you can see.
Woven in among these winter beauties is an excellent collection of conifer varieties, some still very young, but already creating an impact, like this golden Scots pine. They are all clearly labelled, for conifer connoisseurs.
If you’re anywhere in the area, I urge you to visit Holme Gardens – entry is free through the winter, and there is a very fine garden centre attached.
For full information on Holme Gardens, visit their website http://www.holmeforgardens.co.uk/
My final choice of favourite gardens visited in 2018 is Goodnestone Park, Kent. The walled garden here is one of the finest I’ve seen – and I have a real penchant for walled gardens. Even when I was there in the rather delayed spring this year, it was beautiful and full of promise for the summer.
May I take the opportunity to wish everyone a happy year of garden visiting in 2019.
Another favourite garden, Forde Abbey, Dorset, visited this year during the annual Tulip Festival. For sheer floriferousness (yes, I think that’s a word), it’s very hard to beat. The tulip walk, shown here, was a real stunner, and definitely a highlight of the year.
Goodness only knows what strange bits of Gloucestershire the satnav took us to in our quest to find this garden – but it was worth it. In fact it was worth it just to see this exedra with its beautiful reflecting pool. Definitely one of the quirkiest and most charming places I’ve visited. Highly recommended.
The stream and bog garden at Abbotsbury, Dorset. This is always in my top ten of great gardens, and I’m looking forward to visiting over the winter to see the fantastic camellia collection.
I re-visited the garden at Kiftsgate, Gloucestershire, on one of the hottest days of an exceptionally hot summer. The plants (and I) were showing signs of heat stress – but this fabulously cool and serene view over the half-moon pool with the subtle dark foliage of a Japanese maple in the foreground was so refreshing. Not one of my best photos – but it does bring back that moment in the shade on a frazzled day.
Looking forward to the new year – this is one of my favourite 2018 garden photos, taken at Abbotts Wootton, Dorset in a garden open for the National Open Gardens Scheme.