Nestling in the conservation area of the Chelmer Valley in rural Essex, owner Philippa Burrough will guide us around these 11-acre gardens which have been redesigned, extended and developed over the past 15 years by Philippa and her husband Bryan. Three listed barns and a 17th century farmhouse provide structure, shelter and a canvas for the colourful and vibrant planting schemes giving year-round interest. Guests on this tour can expect an exotic display of dahlias, bananas, grasses, Cosmos, sunflowers and other annuals which flourish in the summer months.
As the garden extends out into the countryside, the emphasis changes to a more naturalistic and permanent style of planting. Drifts of snowdrops and daffodils start off the gardening year. Mature weeping willows grace the side of a large pond with herbaceous perennials in shady stream beds. Pink and white woodland gardens and a newly-created wildflower meadow offer other areas of interest throughout the season. In addition there is a productive vegetable garden with a Victorian-style greenhouse.
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