In our final episode of this series of Love Your Garden, Alan went to visit a candidly wondrous garden in Nottingham; which could live up to a series full of beautiful, inspirational gardens.
Michael Blood and Malcolm Bescoby have created a magical, dramatic garden which makes both a statement, and marvellous impression, with its ironwork, topiary, stonework and lush planting. The garden is full of brick work, tiling and architectural pieces which draws your eye across the garden. In contrast to the architectural elements, the garden is also bathed in luscious greens – from the stunning selection of exotic planting, to the immaculate patch of lawn, to the climbers and trellises which make the garden a spectacle from every angle. Their dedication, and passion for selecting foliage and plants have driven this garden into being a stunning area for the couple to dine, relax and entertain in.
The garden is also bursting with patches of vibrant, hot colours which add to the theatrics of the garden. Their Edwardian property sits amongst the garden excellently, and truly transports you to a previous time of leisure and relaxation. Beginning as a derelict area of grey, the pair began their creation by splitting the garden onto two levels, and cleverly designing the terracotta paving to sit in seamlessly with the various levels of the garden.
The garden has multiple seating areas for dining and relaxing, one of which being a stunning summerhouse, built 30 years ago using 18th-century reclaimed bricks; it’s topped by a decorative band of stonework which came from an old church.
A stunning ‘shed’ was added to the garden, for which the pair simply bought an everyday garden shed, and then designed some decorative mouldings for the top – which perfectly fitted the Edwardian, flamboyant theme to the garden.
The couple were very careful to place features and structures in the corners of the garden, in order to eradicate any sharp angles and make the garden feel much more secluded. To add to this, the garden is adorned in large, canopy-like planting across the borders; in order to enclose the garden and its beauty.
With an eye for design, impeccable taste in planting, and creative flairs which bring the garden to life, Michael and Malcolm have created a phenomenal space for them, their friends, and visitors, to truly Love Their Garden!