Favourite Garden? Coton Manor Garden in Northamptonshire
Why? It provides a beautiful journey through exquisite garden rooms with many diverse habitats from terraces and borders to water gardens, orchards, meadows and the most amazing bluebell woods. Through clever design, there is something to appreciate in every season: from Snowdrops, Hellebores, Narcissus, Tulips, Bluebells, Peonies, Wisteria, Alliums, Roses, Delphiniums, Clematis, Anemones, Dahlias, Asters… The list is endless and well thought out to provide year-round interest.
Favourite Plant? The Rose
Why? As a designer, there are few plants that flower for such long periods. Modern roses have great disease resistance, many have a beautiful fragrance and will repeat flower over the season. There will be a Rose of every colour to suit the purpose, depending on the colour scheme you may be using or whatever your personal preferences are. They are easy to grow and will tolerate most soils, some will even flourish in the shade. You can get the most from them by feeding them twice a season and watering them well.