‘This is the third Kerry has started from scratch and each time she has relied solely on her own instinct’
wavy pruned yew hedges echoed in front by a unique scalloped edging of box. Here Iris ‘Purple Byzantine’ look stunning beside Kerry’s much recommended Cotinus ‘Grace’.
The west border, which takes you back to the house, flames its way through late summer and autumn with Rosa Julia, Peony ‘ Spring Carnival, Phormium ‘Maori Sunset’, Monarda, Aruncus, knautia, sunflowers, Kniphofia and Photinia.
Behind the house there is, unbelievably, more to come. Here the atmosphere is quiet, ethereal. The tall spires of yellow Lilium ‘Golden Splendor’ rise dramatically up t he slope above companion planting – an inspired treatment of a difficult area. The slope above the drive awaits its turn.
Kerry mulches the borders each spring with council waste and outlines the five principles that underpin her gardens: never walk past a weed, but place a few decorative clay pots in strategic places and pop the offenders out of sight; develop a good eye for illness and banish the sufferer instantly to hospital; be single-minded in your pursuit of balance and remove any plant that becomes over dominant in colour, shape or size; ensure that every door opens onto a perfumed plant; don’t waste time on vegetables – except courgettes.
Such a garden as this is rare. You are there for the plants and they are there for you. They give of their blooms, their fragrance and their peace as only a beloved garden can. Top: The borders offer up an array of colours and form throughout the year. Centre: Plants are carefully chosen for their contribution to each other. Bottom: Bees love Scabiosa atropurpurea ‘Black Knight’.