As you step into the garden behind the walls you come upon a cacophony of plants woven into the most marvelous tapestry. Where you or I might be satisfied with one black Aenoium 'Zwartkop' (a guess), Alan and Graham prefer to corner the market.
What I adored was the detail to which they'd gone. If the topiary weren't enough, or the pathway, or the hedging, or the sit-me-down and cover-me structure....have a look at the planting:
Just when I think I've nailed the plants in the photo, my eye drifts to another I hadn't seen before.
Isn't this lovely. I overheard one of the visitors saying, "I always like seeing what they've put here year after year." True gardeners, nothing stays the same.
I thought this was a very romantic looking pot. Here's one of the doubles up close:
The garden can be a bit of a traffic jam for the first few minutes that it opens. However if you wait a moment or two as the visitors bleed into the gardens, you'll be surprised at how much you can see on your own. Same spot - 5 minutes later:
how's this for Edward Scissorhands?
Shows what you can do when you know how. I look at this and remember what Kevin did to our yews with the clippers last year. Really scary. Same garden different angle below:
All over the garden boundaries are pushed with plants that theoretically shouldn't be able to thrive.
I remember a wonderful garden I saw just outside of Quebec City filled to the brim with tropicals and succulents - the gardener and his wife's solution about what to do with the plants over winter was to put them all inside their tiny little house (once they were inside - there really wasn't room for any people) and go somewhere really warm for the duration, where they'd always coming back with yet another "house-plant".
These on the other hand I'm guessing all stay put.
I hope these two have shares in the pottery company.
And to finish off - a few shots from the California garden.
And one last shot of Kevin under a living arch.
Wonder if he's taken away some ideas for the rest of our hedges.....