January 18, 2013
The National Trust has been restoring gardens and stately homes of the UK for more than 115 years
. Preserving heritage and wildlife, the National Trust maintains some of the most beautiful country gardens and parks. Plant Me Now, the UK's
plants online specialist
, highlights three gorgeous National Trust gardens demonstrating how to recreate the style with your own outside space.
Chartwell - the home and gardens of Sir
One of the UK's most renowned Prime Ministers,
, was an avid gardener and keen artist in his spare time. Chartwell, his home for more than sixty years
, is a landscape of exquisite beauty. Churchill is quoted as saying, "A day away from Chartwell is a day wasted"
; the surroundings boast an array of kitchen and rose gardens, orchards and lakes, with jaw-dropping views of the weald of
. To emulate Chartwell's style, make sure your lawn is healthy in colour. A lawn aerator is perfect for encouraging healthy root growth, improving drainage and ensuring the roots take up nutrients. In addition, fuchsia is perfect for brightening most gardens. With a long flowering period, it brings a dash of colour to your flower beds. Alternatively, for those without flower beds, invest in baskets, pots and containers to liven up your outside space.
Monk's House -
Leonard and Virginia Woolf's
-century cottage is a jewel in the
countryside. Surrounded by orchards, flowers, vegetable gardens, ponds and lawns, it conjures qualities of a quintessential English country garden. Recreating your own perfect patch of tranquillity can be achieved by investing in a range of hardy perennials, tulips and dahlias, to create a stunning display of rustic beauty.
Glendurgan Garden - subtropical garden