STYLISHLY SIM­PLE BE IN­SPIRED BY THIS LAID­BACK GAR­DEN THAT’S EASY TO KEEP BUT HAS A LUXE FEEL

WANT A LAID-BACK GAR­DEN THAT’S EASY TO KEEP AND LOOKS LUXE? TAKE IDEAS FROM THIS DE­SIGNER PLOT

Woman & Home - - CONTENT -

ANGIE BARKER MOVED TO HER SUB­UR­BAN HOME IN WI­GAN, LAN­CASHIRE IN 2006. WHEN SHE AR­RIVED, THE GAR­DEN COULDN’T RE­ALLY BE DE­SCRIBED AS A “GAR­DEN”, AS APART FROM BE­ING KNEEDEEP IN WEEDS THERE WAS NOTH­ING ELSE AT ALL – NO SHAPE, NO BOR­DERS.

WITHIN DAYS OF MOV­ING IN, ANGIE BE­GAN TO TACKLE THE GAR­DEN. SHE DIDN’T JUST WANT A LAWN AND BEDS LIKE MOST SUB­UR­BAN GAR­DENS OF THIS SMALL SIZE, SHE WANTED THE WOW FAC­TOR TOO.

“I HAVE AL­WAYS LOVED GAR­DEN­ING. I HAD MY PRE­VI­OUS GAR­DEN FOR AROUND 17 YEARS BE­FORE WE MOVED HERE, BUT MY GAR­DEN­ING SKILLS HAVE IM­PROVED AND DE­VEL­OPED GREATLY SINCE QUAL­I­FY­ING AS A GAR­DEN DE­SIGNER TEN YEARS AGO.” SO ANGIE’S NEW QUAL­I­FI­CA­TIONS WERE PUT TO FULL USE WHEN SHE TOOK ON THIS BAR­REN PLOT. “THE MAIN CHAL­LENGE WAS THE

LACK OF PRI­VACY – WE WERE OVER­LOOKED BY SO MANY HOUSES.” SO SHE SET ABOUT DE­SIGN­ING AND PLAN­NING HER GAR­DEN TO GIVE HER THE PRI­VACY SHE DE­SIRED. “THE TRICK WAS TO CRE­ATE PRI­VACY WITH­OUT AN­NOY­ING THE NEIGH­BOURS

– THIS WASN’T EASY,” SHE SAYS.

IN MANY WAYS THE LACK OF GAR­DEN WAS A POS­I­TIVE THING FOR GAR­DEN DE­SIGNER ANGIE, AS SHE COULD SIT DOWN AND PLAN IT FROM SCRATCH. SO THE INI­TIAL PLANT­ING WAS CHO­SEN TO HELP WITH THE PRI­VACY IS­SUES, IN­CLUD­ING BAMBOOS, >>

BAY AND PHOTINIA. “EVERGREENS CAN BE PUR­CHASED AS MA­TURE, LARGE PLANTS FOR IN­STANT IM­PACT, WHICH RE­ALLY HELPED,” ANGIE EX­PLAINS.

NOW, TEN YEARS ON, THE GAR­DEN IS FULL OF TEX­TURE. THERE’S A WOODEN DECKED WALK­WAY AND SEAT­ING AREA, AND A LOT OF STONE, GRAVEL AND PEB­BLES.

MOST OF THE PRI­VACY PLANT­ING LIES ALONG THE FENCE EDGES BUT THERE ARE BOR­DERS FILLED WITH COT­TAGE GAR­DEN FLOW­ER­ING PLANTS, SUCH AS FOX­GLOVES, AQUILEGIA AND DAHLIAS. THERE ARE TWO SHAPELY LAWNS AND PATH­WAYS RUN­NING BE­TWEEN THE QUITE DIS­TINCTLY DIF­FER­ENT AR­EAS OF THE GAR­DEN. “I LOVE POTTERING IN MY GAR­DEN AND I LOVE SIT­TING IN IT TOO – OF­TEN AT 5.30AM WITH A CUP OF TEA, AS THIS IS WHEN I START WORK IN THE SUM­MER DUE TO THE VOL­UME OF WORK I HAVE,” ANGIE SAYS. “I ALSO LOVE HAV­ING FAM­ILY AND FRIENDS ROUND TO SIT ON THE DECK.” AND NOW ANGIE TAKES PART IN THE NA­TIONAL GAR­DEN SCHEME. “I OPEN MY GAR­DEN ON THE LAST SUN­DAY IN JUNE AND YOU HEAR SUCH LOVELY COM­MENTS FROM PEO­PLE WHO LIKE THE GAR­DEN, IT MAKES ME FEEL VERY PROUD.” W&H

“I love hav­ing fam­ily and friends round to sit on the deck”

A PLACE FOR ALL

IN THE SHADE: HOSTAS, FERNS AND GRASSES; IN THE RAT­TAN PLANTERS: AN ACER, THYME AND PRETTY AN­NU­ALS

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