Sandhill Farmhouse in April

Whilst this lovely borrowed landscape — an ever-changing snapshot of hills and valleys, fields and woodland — was a major reason why Rosemary, founder of The English Gardening School, bought the pretty, seventeenth century farmhouse, it was not its only attraction. 'It's unusual to find a small garden where the front and back have such very different identities,' she points out.

The front garden is divided by a long, gravel walkway edged in clipped box balls: to the right lies woodland, forming a leafy canopy above retiring shade-lovers, whilst to the left, steps ascend to a sun-baked terrace where Mediterranean plants thrive, and pots of tulips are mirrored in a raised, circular pool.

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