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
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. ➤