Moleshill in February

On the eve of the Leap Year, 29th February, it was not romance that hung in the air over Penny Snell’s home, but the only snowfall of the winter. Within minutes, the garden was transformed as snow settled like icing on box balls, and every branch sparkled with ice crystals. There is a clear framework of repeated circles which, in a flat garden, is essential to create a sense of movement. Penny believes that structure is the most important element of a garden, followed by design and finally the planting — the most difficult part to achieve because there are so many variables. ‘However, you can get away with untidy planting provided the bones of the garden are correct,’ adds Penny.

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