Box of Delights

english topiary gardenOn the loveliest day of the year so far, I visited a private garden in the depths of Kent for a plant sale in aid of charity – and aside from acquiring some very nice plants from specialist growers, I was mightily impressed by the garden which was beautifully laid out with self-contained areas that were cleverly concealed from one another.  The topiary garden made me yelp with delight when I came round the corner and saw it laid out before me. Clustered beneath white-stemmed silver birch, it is the contrast between the airiness of the trees and the solid geometrical shapes of the box that really make this garden work. It was all very sophisticated except for one quirky touch which endeared it even more to me – a pair of topiary birds on a nest of untrimmed variegated box.pair of topiary birds in a nest of rough buxus

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5 thoughts on “Box of Delights

  • May 5, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    Another lovely article. That garden looks amazing. And I agree, the birds are great fun. Thanks for sharing!

  • May 7, 2013 at 11:04 am

    This is such a beautiful blog and I love these plants.
    I have to think of a project where I can include them.

  • May 8, 2013 at 9:59 am

    What a lovely display of topiary. I have always loved box plants and that they could be shaped. Though admit all mine end up as balls.

  • August 20, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    I would love to visit this garden, could you perhaps reveal where it is?

  • September 18, 2014 at 8:37 am

    Hi Anna – it’s top secret I’m afraid :)

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