So I live in London in a house with a GARDEN 🏡. It's really quite amazing, I've never lived anywhere before with a garden (apart from home) and I am really excited for summer and being able to spend time in it. At the moment we have some foliage and trees growing on one side 🌳🌿, but that's about it.So Max and I decided to plant some things ! We went to Neal's Nurseries again, my new favourite place and found some things to plant. I went to Arundel Castle 🏰 gardens recently, and love their borders - so we tried to find some english herbaceous perennials - flowering ones. I like the idea of creating an 'english' garden, and flowers are always good, I rather like the wild look, with the plants spilling out from their borders onto the paths. And perennials are important as they live for more than one year, hopefully flowering again and again.Max was very keen on herbs, so we found lots of nice lavender , thyme, rosemary, mint, fennel 🌱, some chives which should have some pretty purple flowers 🌷 on them and a strawberry plant 🍓 I am so excited for. Then we found some creepers - jasmine and sweet peas 🌿 which hopefully, with careful encouragement will grow up the back wall. And then the flowering perennials - lupins, salvias, a geranium, phlox and nepeta 🌸🌺. I added some poppy seeds too, which I hope will not get frightened off by the cold.So with some digging, adding topsoil and careful planting they have all gone in, and I am so excited that they might actually grow. Max was keen for a linear approach to the planting, I may have made it a little more spontaneous 😉.It is such a fun and exciting thing, planting your own plants, and I feel rather attached to them already. I am also planning on planting some vegetables 🍎🍋 soon - I really do want a tomato plant 🍎, and I also, at some point, and I think I need a greenhouse, want to cultivate some dahlias, as they are just so wonderful when they flower 😊🌺.I will keep you updated with the growing.Alice xxx
Borde Hill Garden in West Sussex was created in the 1900s and surrounds a striking Tudor Mansion built in 1598. The garden is perfect for an afternoon stroll with each area of the garden designed in a unique style.
The Rose Garden
The Rose Garden close to the house is particularly attractive at this time of year, boasting over 100 varieties of David Austin roses which sit prettily alongside the blue nepeta.
The Italian Garden
The peaceful Italian Garden is perfect for quiet reflection. The formal lay-out, with a pool at the centre surrounded by pots of agapanthus and geraniums is offset by a view out over the surrounding countryside.
The Round Dell
The Round Dell really is sub-tropical, with bananas and towering palm trees, perfect to lose yourself in for a few moments although rather a relief once you emerge and realise you are not lost in the rainforest but rather a garden in the Sussex countryside.Dress: Mela Love London; Hat: Vintage Herald and Heart; Shoes: JuJu.Photography: Sarah BrayPhotographed at Borde Hill Garden