April Flowers & Showers at Thornhill

A major attraction of this property was the unusually long plot that ends at the feet of a massive 120-year-old lime tree that creates dry shade. However, the remainder of the 50 x 9 metre plot is sunny and, once the poor soil had been fed and watered, plants thrived. With an owner trained in set design, it’s no surprise that the design is symmetrical and somewhat theatrical in feel. A formal framework is designed on a single axis, with the planting more informal. The plot is divided into three distinct areas — a terrace and lawn with beds and pots in which spring unfolds with tulips, forget-me-nots, aquilegia and violas. A herringbone brick path leads to a central miniature woodland, and beyond to a shady area.

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