We walked over to Veddw House Garden yesterday afternoon which is just a couple of miles from us. The forecast had been horrible, but it was a glorious day…a bit too bright and sunny really for great photos, but I hope I’ve managed to capture the spirit of the garden.
This is a garden with strong structure and drama with sculptural hedges and lots of views.
But in amongst the strong geometry of the scultpural hedges, the planting was natural and free and in some places, wild with willow herb and other plants that many people would class as weeds.
The white willow herb looked spectacular against the dark topiary in the front garden…
And in some areas the wild flowers were mixed with cultivated varieties. It was encouraging to see some of the plants and wild flowers that we have discovered in our own garden over the summer months.
They just belong in the setting and I certainly plan to embrace them when we design our new garden.
The Wavy sculptural purple and green beech hedges provide structure and colour tones to enhance the deep green of the yew hedges.
And in the Pool Garden the sculptural hedges reflect in the pool.
Unless the sprinkler is going, that is!
The structural yew columns and domes also provide texture and sculpture to the landscape.
I loved this combination of orange alstromeria with the deep purple leaves of the Cotinus.
And the more wild areas of meadow.
I love that this garden isn’t too manicured and cultivated – for me, the views across the garden were the highlight.
It was great to meet Anne Wareham briefly too after being in touch on Twitter for the last few years. There’s plenty more information about the garden, visiting times and Anne’s books “The Bad Tempered Gardener” and “Outwitting Squirrels” on The Veddw House Garden website.
(Images: Lisa Cox)