Two gardens for the price of one! To the side of the house, we have created a series of circular lawns with herbaceous curving borders, containing roses, acers, peonies, irises, hellebores, ferns, rhododendron and more specimen plants. Compost bins, and bug hotels have been set up alongside the decaying hen house and former daughter’s playhouse. The greenhouse, surrounded by gravel beds of potted geranium, fuchsia and hardy sempervivums, contains a collection of arid, succulent and carnivorous plants. Roses are trained over frames made of horseshoe shaped rebar rods – a cheap, but effective support system, provided that you have the strength to bend them into shape. A two people job!
Through the courtyard, the south facing, walled, front garden is laid to lawn with more herbaceous borders. In one corner, in front of the mirror ‘through the wall to next door’, are displays of grasses, hostas and bonsai, while in a dry area along the house is a trimmed box hedge border surrounding insect friendly lavender, for easy maintenance but colourful impact.
The gardens are also productive, having trained cherry, pear, Bramley apple, plum, peach, fig and quince trees but vegetables are growth at the allotment.
Plants are for sale in the rear courtyard. Profits to the Open Gardens charity.
Some of the output of Steve’s woodturning hobby are available to buy if you are looking for an early present or table ornament.
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A shady corner of the front garden makes a good home for a collection of Hostas around the bird bath now taking over from the early Spring-flowering Trilliums; a raised bed beneath a variegated Holly planted with a selection of grasses and Persicaria behind; bonsai sheltering from the sun and finally more Hostas around the sundial. The front lawn with box hedging enclosing lavender. Outdoor seating and Aliums.
Acers, Irises and Peony in one of the side garden beds.
Step over Apple trees and Conference Pear edge the border of White Rock, Sedums and Conifers
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East Bridgford, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England, United Kingdom