Posted: 09/07/2012 at 17:12
These gardens sound lovely, This is the kind ofd gardening that I enjoy, too, but I have a relative whose garden is completely free of weeds and beautifully disciplned. Earth shows areound each plant, freshly turned with a special three-pronged tool, and every plant does as it is told. Roses and clematis flower their socks off and anything that does not meet her requirements is ruthlessly pulled out and thrown away. The lawns are striped and perfectly free of anyting except grass. The result is a peaceful and beautiful garden with a profound sense of order. But if I think about the kind of garden that I would have if I could, it wouldn't be that. My dream garden would be large and looking out on fields and hills. It would have venerable old trees and wold be stuffed full of herbaceous plants and flowering shrubs, with enough space for repeat planting and curving lines of colour. (There would be a walled garden and a conservatory overlooking the best view, too, in this particular fantasy).
What I really dislike is a completely neat garden with lots of annuals like lobelia and salvias. Sorry in advance to anyone who loves this. I want a quintessentially British garden - I would say an English garden, except that I live in Wales.All I need is the skill to create it and a bit more space.