The Na­tional Gar­den Scheme en­cour­ages green-fin­gered home­own­ers to open their well-tended lawns and flour­ish­ing flowerbeds to the public on one day a year, with the small ad­mis­sion fees (usu­ally £5) go­ing to nurs­ing char­i­ties – more than £50 mil­lion has b

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TOWN PLACE GAR­DEN, SUS­SEX Look out for the box top­i­ary in the shape of Henry Moore sculp­tures, grasses in­flu­enced by Dutch gar­den de­signer Piet Ou­dolf, plus 600 roses, dahli­adot­ted potager and an 800-year-old oak tree for good mea­sure. Open on var­i­ous dates be­tween 14 June and 8 July.

BAY TREE HOUSE, WINCH­ESTER The rill and pleached ( gar­den­ing-speak for trained to grow ‘flat’) lime tree square brings mod­ern lines to this lush land­scape of Mediter­ranean plants and blousy peren­ni­als, com­plete with a wild­flower or­chard. Open 5 July. 15 THE AV­ENUE, CHEAM, SUR­REY De­signed by Chelsea Flower Show Gold medal­list Mar­cus Bar­nett, with box hedges pruned to re­sem­ble cloud for­ma­tions, this gar­den also fea­tures a col­lec­tion of con­tem­po­rary sculp­tures. Open 28 May and 2 June.

THE JUN­GLE GAR­DEN, LEEDS ‘Gar­den­ing is an ex­er­cise in op­ti­mism,’ reads the web­site for this takeover of a sub­ur­ban back­yard, over­seen by home­own­ers Nick and Gill Wil­son. The plot con­tains tow­er­ing Gun­nera plants, cherry-red or­chids, a bam­boo lodge and ponds filled with Ja­panese carp. Open 24 June and 29 July. 18 DORCH­ESTER GAR­DENS, LON­DON Open for the first time this year, this geo­met­ric gar­den, cre­ated by the house’s owner, gar­den de­signer Sarah Oxby, is in­spi­ra­tional for its in­ner-city seren­ity. Olive and bay trees pre­side over vo­lu­mi­nous blue-themed borders of laven­der and hy­drangea. Open 1 July.

BEECHLEIGH, HERT­FORD­SHIRE On 25 Au­gust, you can visit this space by Lon­don landscaper Daniel Shea from 5–8pm. At this time of the evening, the fad­ing light ren­ders the golden grasses, dahlia beds, herb bor­der of salvia, echi­nacea and laven­der, and 13-me­tre re­flec­tive pool even more at­mo­spheric. ➤

Beechleigh, Hert­ford­shire

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