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Gardens with Elegance and Style

Gardens with Elegance and Style

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A view back towards the Arts and Crafts house over the White Garden, with tulips, hellebores and blossoming Pyrus salicifolia. Originally designed by Edwin Lutyens, the pool and fountain have been meticulously restored, along with paths, walls and steps. The formal gardens cover approximately 11 acres, now ably managed by head gardener Mark Cox.


The generous square beds of the Flower Parterre, originally planted by Jekyll, had been laid to lawn when the current owners arrived. Now the garden has been replanted in a scheme that echoes her original style, including Aster x frikartii ‘Monch’, Miscanthus sinensis ‘Sarabande’, Eupatorium maculatum ‘Orchard Dene’ and Perovskia atriplicifolia ‘Little Spire’, photographed here in late summer.


Designed in 1912, Folly Farm was one of the most complex and interesting of the garden collaborations between architect Edwin Lutyens and plantswoman Gertrude Jekyll, created in the later stages of their partnership (described by Jane Brown in her book Gardens of a Golden Afternoon as ‘the vintage years of creation’). In 1906, Lutyens had been commissioned to extend the existing seventeenth-century farmhouse, which he did with typical aplomb by adding a large new wing in formal William and Mary style. Six years later, the house changed hands and Lutyens was employed to extend the house again, this time in the Arts and Crafts style that was so fashionable at the time. It was at this stage that the main gardens were laid out – a collection of contrasting garden rooms divided by crisp yew hedges and linked by herringbone brick paths; a garden irrefutably linked with the house thanks to Lutyens’ dual role of architect and landscape designer.


In tune with the Arts and Crafts principles that defined it – attention to detail, fine craftsmanship and quality materials – the garden has stood the test of time, with many of the original features still intact, although much of it was in need of repair when the current owners arrived in 2007.


The Lutyens garden rooms retain their original character, with the tall yew hedges clipped as in Lutyens’ day to the same level throughout to mask the slope. There are three main garden rooms near the house: the Dutch Canal Garden to mirror the gable end of the William and Mary wing, the Flower Parterre in front of the Arts and Crafts wing and the Sunken Pool Garden, which was originally planted with roses and lavender. The Flower Parterre was Jekyll’s chance to shine – a broad, enclosed space with large square beds in which she could plant her characteristic colour-themed sweeps of perennials. When Dan arrived, the beds had been laid to lawn, so the original layout was reinstated and a new planting scheme devised. Having studied old Country Life photographs of the garden, as well as Jekyll’s writings on colour theory, he was able to recognise many of the plants used by Jekyll, but felt he didn’t want to simply recreate a slice of history.


Small Garden Designs

Small Garden Designs

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We’ve chatted to the experts, scoured the archives, and sought out the most inspirational small garden designs. You may not be blessed with a huge outdoor space but that’s not to say you can’t be creative with what you do have. With a little design know-how even the smallest back lawn, the most petite of patios or the tiniest of balconies can become an enjoyable place in which to spend time. Trick the eye with a colour scheme or clever use of lighting, make a feature of foliage, or simply adorn the small space with inviting accessories. Look no further, we have all the small garden ideas you need.

Having a small garden doesn’t mean you can’t make use of the space. onefinestay’s  East 51st Townhouse owners has used atmospheric lanterns and delicate fairy lights to create a cosy dining area


The tiny courtyard at the home of the interior designer Helen Green comprises of simple but elegant touches: a trellis of roses, a feature stone water plinth and plants potted in a variety of vessels, from wooden crates to wicker baskets and pewter milk pails.


Full-length bi-fold doors create a seamless meeting of the interior and exterior at this nineteenth-century Kensington townhouse and using similarly toned flooring adds to this continuous effect – a clever trick with colour that creates the illusion of space.


The trick to making use of any small space is to consider how every inch might work practically. Here, a sheltered spot provides the perfect dining area (because, let’s face it, alfresco dinners can often be interrupted by rain showers) and the Juliet balcony offers support to a rattan swing chair.


The brief for this Regent’s Park garden, designed by Kate Gould, was a year-round green space with a ‘hint of Portofino’. Neatly clipped buxus hedging, potted olive trees, lavender plants and a striking cobbled mosaic floor combine to create exactly this effect.


This townhouse garden off Portobello Road provides a sanctuary from the bustling streets of Notting Hill. With the dining area situated on the roof terrace, the garden has been simply, symmetrically designed for pure visual pleasure; a mock Roman bust takes centre stage. If you’re unable to take your alfresco dining elsewhere, opt for fold-up or portable tables and chairs, which can be easily removed when you want your garden to function solely as a beautiful green space.


Consider a colour scheme. According to garden designer Marcus Barnett, colour can be used to blur the boundary between inside and outside, creating a sense of space. Similar colours can form a visual link between interior and exterior.


Symmetry will always be visually appealing, and the lines of this Notting Hill garden beautifully mirror the curved elements of the house. A similarly symmetrical scheme would work well in a much smaller garden: just like in the home, maintaining order avoids the sense of an overly cluttered space and often creates a feeling of calm.


If your urban garden is the tiniest of balconies, do not despair. Embrace the pot plant (you could even grow your own herbs), choose a pretty fold-up café-style table and chairs and make a feature of your railings with entwining vines. Voila! A green oasis a few floors up.




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Join House & Garden and Glyndebourne at an exclusive event exploring inspirational landscapes with celebrated garden writer and broadcaster Anna Pavord and renowned garden designer Arne Maynard.

Hosted on July 21 at Glyndebourne Festival, this intimate event will take place in the outstanding surroundings of Glyndebourne’s gardens and will be followed by a performance of The Marriage of Figaro. Join Anna, Arne and our expert panel including Clare Foster (House & Garden‘s garden editor) and John Hoyland (Glyndebourne’s garden consultant) as they examine what makes English landscapes so unique.


Hosted on July 21 at Glyndebourne Festival, this intimate event will take place in the outstanding surroundings of Glyndebourne’s gardens and will be followed by a performance of The Marriage of Figaro. Join Anna, Arne and our expert panel including Clare Foster (House & Garden‘s garden editor) and John Hoyland (Glyndebourne’s garden consultant) as they examine what makes English landscapes so unique.


The panel will host a Q&A at the end of the event, after which guests can enjoy a glass of Champagne while experiencing Glyndebourne’s bucolic landscape on a tour of 12 acres of cultivated gardens. Enjoy the wild flower meadow, kitchen garden, rose garden and vibrant borders. Visit the shop for hand-picked souvenirs that capture the creativity of the music, the gardens and of course, the operas. There will also be a book signing following the event where Arne and Anna will sign copies of their new books The Gardens of Arne Maynardand Landskipping: Painters, Ploughmen and Places.



Tickets for the event cost £25 each (including a glass of Champagne and a goody bag). Event bookers must have a ticket to that evening’s performance of The Marriage of Figaro to attend the event – opera tickets range from £15 to £200. Tickets for the opera and event can be purchased at Use priority booking code: 13001. The event starts promptly at 3pm.


Terms and conditions:

1. Offer ends 23.59 July 20, 2016. 2. This is a ticketed event. Access will not be granted without a ticket. 3. Garden event bookers must also have a valid ticket for that evening’s The Marriage of Figaro performance on July 21, 2016. 4. Garden event tickets are limited, early booking is essential. 5. The event goody bag and glass of Champagne cannot be exchanged. 6. If you require any assistance, call Glyndebourne’s Box Office on 01273 815 000, Monday – Friday, 10am-6pm. 


Glyndebourne’s gardens are the perfect setting for al fresco dining during the long interval. To celebrate, House & Garden event bookers will be entered into a prize draw to win one of Glyndebourne’s famous picnics complete with porter service. The prize will be based on two people sharing. The deadline for entry is 23.59 July 17, 2016. Click here for full Ts&Cs.




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How does your garden grow? With city gardens, the answer is with ingenuity. ‘I always light city gardens more than country gardens in order to create the effect of having another “room” when looking outside at night,’ says Sally Storey, design director of John Cullen Lighting. Whether you have a roof terrace, an itty-bitty balcony or lush cityscape, get inspired by these garden design ideas perfect for city gardens. (Looking for more? Don’t miss these small garden ideas.)

Jinny Blom’s small city garden is a neatly walled space, replanted only months before this photograph was taken. Clipped box cubes contrasts with a clever planting scheme that mixes large-leaved exotic plants with cottage-garden favourites.


Architect Alan Higgs converted a Georgian pub building in London into a subtly modern flat for himself. He constructed this sleek roof terrace to maximise the natural light within his interiors. A line of pleached trees planted in pots softens his urban rooftop view. The white hydrangeas edging the decking are the perfect floral choice for any minimalist.


This wisteria-clad pergola in the garden of a London flat designed byCharlotte Crosland provides shade for outdoor dining. Hanging wisteria and striped cushions make this an idyllic outside space.


Above a west London house designed by Rabih Hage is a vast and gorgeous roof garden. It features iroko decking, a barbecue, a Jacuzzi and enough space to have a great party. The space looks even bigger thanks to the continuous use of wood panelling, expanding the vista up the back wall of the garden.


This roof terrace makes the most of its incredible architectural view while maintaining complete privacy for the creation of two ‘rooms’; one for dining, the other relaxing. Seasonal flowers soften the planting, while pots are positioned to create focal points and draw the eye. A circular table with a central hornbeam trained to the shape of a parasol offers a creative shade from the sun.


The double steel doors leading to the terrace were designed by Ebba Thott to give access from the main corridor. A rustic rocking chair and brightly patterned cushion give the London flat’s outdoor space a relaxed atmosphere.


These colourful parasols are handmade in cornwall by artists Charlie and Katie Napier. Made from either vintage or designer fabrics that have been treated to make them waterproof, each parasol is unique, designed to showcase these special fabrics in an interesting way. The parasols come in three sizes – small (260 x 200cm diameter) medium (270x 250cm diameter), large (280 x 300cm diameter), and cost £1,450, £1,650 and £1,850 respectively, including a canvas


At just 1,200 square feet, this is the second smallest house in Manhattan. When two architects, Anne Fairfax and Richard Sammons, bought it, they transformed it to create a bijou interior with a sense of spaciousness that belies its exterior appearance. Leading out of the kitchen is a small enclosed garden with ivy topiary.Lucas-Allen-4-house-5jun14_pr_b_426x639

Struggling for natural light? These steel french windows ensure an abundance of natural light in the sitting room of Jos and Annabel White’s house in Manhattan’s West Village. Try Clement Windows for something on the same scale, which would cost around £9,600 to supply, fix and glaze.



Styling the entrance to your home

Styling the entrance to your home

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There’s no better place to start styling your home than

There’s a saying I like that’s perfect when talking about the entry to your house: “We don’t get a second chance at a first impression.” The design, placement and style of your front entry can have a strong effect on the look and feel of your home. Here are a few ways to help you make your entrance a statement.


When it comes to selecting a front door, I look at a few important issues. Firstly, it should suit the style of house – if it’s a traditional terrace or intrcharacter home, then a panelled door painted cherry red or even gloss black may be perfect. If it’s a contemporary home, then a sleek door with a long vertical handle would be the perfect.

The size of the door is usually defined but if you’re renovating, think about ditching the thin door with the narrow sidelight and replace it with a wide 1200mm door. This allows easy access, looks stylish and modern, and completely changes the look and feel of your home.

the entry. James shares four things to think about.


Coloured pots by the door are a great accent but, if you’re bold, try a statement door. Bright yellow, deep blue or seductive purple on a front door can work so well. It can help clearly define your house if all the doors on your street look the same.

The remaining exterior is usually neutral so a coloured front door, like a scatter cushion or vase, is a small amount of strong colour that can be just what your house needs to go from drab to fab!


EntranceNatural light adds to our sense of wellbeing, and it’s practical – much better than turning lights on during the day! You can add natural light to your entry in a couple of ways. A highlight above the door, or sidelight next to it, will allow light to flood into your entryway.

You can use the window to peek outside but remember, people outside will be able to see in, so consider translucent or frosted glass. Another idea is a light panel in the door itself – there are so many door designs with either horizontal or thin vertical glass panels, and these are usually toughened glass to provide security.


Highlighting the entry of your home is usually done with a portico, columns or a feature to make it noticeable from the street. If your home lacks a formal entrance, highlight it with planting!

Place feature potted plants either side of the entry to clearly identify the front door. It’s a great way to add colour, and a simple addition that you can change over time to suit your tastes.

How to Install a Fence

How to Install a Fence

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Everything you need to know about DIY fence installation.

If you’re in a DIY frame of mind, and thinking about buying the fencing materials and design but installing it yourself, these are the things to consider.


Before shopping for materials, get clued up about your local requirements.

Each city council across Australia has its own set of fencing regulations that dictate the type of materials that can be used, as well as rules on fence height, colour, style,
location, size and slat spacing. Some neighbourhoods like to align their aesthetics, so also have constraints based around that.

If the fencing is around a pool, look up your state’s special instructions – every one has its own rules about placement, spacing and materials.

To avoid the cost of amending or removing your fencing later down the track, just ensure the materials and dimensions you order are in line with the regulations in your area.


Once you’ve got your head around rules and regulations, focus on the length of fencing.

It’s worth staking out an outline of your property to make sure the measurement is as accurate as possible. While you’re at it, inspect the flatness of the area – hilly properties often need slightly more material, and some materials are better suited to flat properties.

Next, choose your materials – and think about the climate and your property’s proximity to the ocean. These are important considerations as they’ll determine whether you should go for steel, timber or aluminium. For instance, aluminium is best for seaside homes as it is rust-proof.


You may need to rent some tools, such as augers and nail guns. Be sure to do your research when it comes to any safety gear you may need.

The right tools will help you to install materials properly – and if you don’t use them, you may find your fence doesn’t last as long (or look as good) as it should.


It’s always a good idea to get a few different quotes from contractors before you start. Then, think about whether the savings are worth the time and effort it will take to do it yourself.

Installing fencing isn’t really a project for beginners, it’s ideal for those with some trade experience.

Top tips for your autumn garden

Top tips for your autumn garden

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The temperatures may be dropping, but there are still plenty of good reasons to get out in the garden. Now is the time to set your garden up for success during the months to come.


Autumn is the perfect time to take cuttings from your favourite hardwood shrubs. Ensure the parent plant is well watered before taking cuttings, and take stems long enough to bury 40-50mm into a sandy loam mix. Be sure to keep the roots watered.


Remove dead flower heads from roses and give them a light prune to encourage continued flowering. Don’t prune too harshly now, just enough to generate new growth. Remember, it will be around six weeks before the next flowers arrive.toa


To add tranquillity to an area, use moving water. A sealed pot or urn with a pump in the centre will form a small spout of water to break the surface and create this effect. Plants that move in the wind is an idea – bamboo is perfect to generate a soft rustle. Birds are also peaceful but use bird-attracting plants⁄flowers, not bird feeders and seeds, which can get messy with unwanted droppings.


Bare wooden handles benefit from boiled linseed oil. Rub the oil on with a rag and allow the wood to absorb the first coat before applying more oil. toThis prevents drying out and splintering.


I always carry a roll of Whites cloth plant tie, $10.25 for 40m, from Bunningsfor jobs where a plant needs tying safely back to a support stake, trellis or just be out of my way while I’m working on something underneath. It’s made of soft material that won’t damage a plant’s trunk under strain.