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Formal Town Garden, Welwyn Garden City

Rosemary was brought in to renovate this 1930s garden in 2012 and has now worked with three consecutive owners, helping each one bring their own personal touches to the space. This garden had solid structural elements but needed a planting scheme to enhance the mature Rhododendrons and enliven the area closest to the house. A sweeping path leads to a wishing-well brought to England by a previous owner. A surprise underground WW2 bomb shelter has been left intact, now with a seating area on top. Curved yew hedging next to the dining terrace provides a soft shelter for the seating, and frames the view of the well from the house. Taller yew hedging behind the well screens the utility area. Step-over apples, large lavenders and irises line the main path. The buxus-edged borders combine perennials and trees, screening the neighbours and providing colour year round.

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