Dial Park in June

This third-of-an-acre garden is a seamlessly linked series of vistas, ingeniously designed to enchant both in the height of summer and in the depths of winter. Whilst the longest day dawns to an effervescent abundance of roses, clematis and perennials, the shortest sets on a beautifully balanced framework of trees, shrubs and clipped hedges. The contrast is startling, and nowhere more so than in the parterre which owner, Olive Mason, designed to create a constantly interesting view from the kitchen window. ‘It’s as lovely in midsummer as in midwinter when it’s pared down to the bare bones — it’s formal in winter, and informal in summer, so I’ve the best of both worlds.’ There is also light woodland, winding borders and hidden courtyards.

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