With so much grass to mow, we tried to keep the old garden as simple as possible, though we bought ourselves the grandest and most up-to-date lawn-mower. It cost us as much as my husband's BMW had done ten years before! I love plants with variegated leaves, or grey foliage, and coloured ground coverers to keep down weeds. Roses, of course, are favourites, especially some of the modern shrub roses like Aloha, Iceberg and Natalie Nypels, a real rose for connoisseurs, and a favourite of the great Vita Sackville-West. David Austen describes it as, one of the most beautiful of the floribundas.
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Click on Photos for Next Home Designing Ideas Gallery ImagesJane Illingworth continues, Alchemilla mollis was one of the first plants we planted, and it soon seeded itself everywhere – marvellous dried for flower arrangements, and a beautiful jade green when freshly picked.
When making another flower bed, a clever gardening friend told us how to begin – get a hose pipe and kick it about on the ground till you get the shape you want. This we did with complete success. Then, after fourteen rewarding years, times changed, and I moved into a smaller house with a smaller garden – whether it will ever become the proverbial little gem remains to be seen.
It is a comfort to know that nice people bought our old house. They are both enthusiastic and I am sure that they will give the garden the love and care it is used to, and keep it a happy place.