Garden Maintenance Oxford – a garden makeover
Oxfordshire is blessed with beautiful towns and villages, many of which hold open garden weekends over the summer months.
On June 10th, Dr and Mrs Farrands from the charming village of Iffley, will be opening their inspiring garden as part of the National Gardens Scheme. Oxford Garden Design help Dr and Mrs Farrands keep their gardens looking good all year round. But it has to be said there will be a little pressure in the lead up to June to get the garden looking picture perfect! The garden, seen here on the right, is packed with inspiration and a credit to the owners who transformed it after extensive building work. There are seven other gardens to see in Iffley village on June 10th, varying in style from the large Malt House garden, to a thatched 17th Century cottage garden and family gardens with mixed herbaceous borders. It should make a great afternoon out for garden lovers.
Gardening is a wonderful way to encourage people to share their skills as well as to enhance a community spirit. Often garden owners are an untapped source of knowledge about what grows best in their area and are all too willing to share ideas. You might even find some are willing to part with a few cutting or seeds from precious plants! To find out which village gardens are open in your area look at the National Directory of Open Gardens on www.opengardens.co.uk.
Garden maintenance – Iffley Oxford
This is a charming garden, with a huge variety of plants to see. Thanks to some large, established trees, the back garden is mostly in shade all day. There is nothing more appealing in summer than a cool outdoor space from which to retreat from the sun. The Farrands have made great use of the woodland garden creating meandering pathways from which the shade loving plants can be explored on a leisurely stroll. Urban gardens are usually a few degrees warmer than their country cousins which allows for growing some architectural feature plants, such as Cordylines, and Fatsias, both quite happy in some shade.
In contrast, the south facing front garden is very sunny and hot. Here Poppies, Nepeta, Delphiniums, Alliums and other sun loving plants nestle harmoniously side by side to create a charming entrance to the house.
This intensive style of planting is not low maintenance and we are very proud that we are able to help Dr and Mrs Farrands to keep their garden looking good in all seasons. We hope that the sun shines for the open day in June.
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“Thank you for your support, there’s so much to do in the lead up to the open gardens. We are aiming to beat our record takings in the village last year of over £5000 for the afternoon but always weather dependent!” – Bridget Farrands, Iffley, Oxford.