Brook Cottage

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Garden Category: South Midlands Gardens

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  • The 4 acre garden has been formed by a plantswoman and an architect almost entirely since 1964 on the west facing slope of the valley which divides the villages of Shenington and Alkerton. Apart from a small area above the 17th century house (not open) the whole site consisted of rough pasture divided by old hedges. In the vicinity of the house the landscaping has been designed to link areas of lawn and terrace with the natural slopes and to create enclosures with a series of yew and copper beech hedges. Beyond and below the brook, groups of trees and shrubs growing in grass merge the garden into the surrounding countryside. A wide variety of plants is grown, some rarely seen, inluding bulbs, perennials, well over 300 roses, flowering and foliage shrubs, water and bog plants, and alpines in a small scree garden. A white border is seen against the yew hedge, while the yellow border is backed by a hedge of copper beech.

    There is something of interest to be seen throughout the season. Early spring bulbs are followed by a profusion of double white cherry blossom. The water garden with primulas, iris, astilbes, day lilies and many bog plants is at its best from early June to mid July, followed by the ‘hanging garden’ of species, old fashioned and modern shrub roses for which the garden is renowned. Over 50 varieties of clematis scramble over stone walls, shrubs and around the tennis court, mostly late flowering from July onwards when the harbaceous perennials are also at their best and continue providing interest until the season ends with hips, berries and autumn colour.

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