A brief brush of the Cats Whiskers

A plantsman’s garden developed over the last 38 years while retaining its 1923 landscape, owner Michele White takes us on a brief brush of the Cats Whiskers in Birmingham:

A closer look


The front garden whilst not particularly large is full of interesting trees and shrubs. There is a central Cornus, now so large that the grass below has been encouraged to naturalize bulbs and meadow flowers. There are three different varieties of Ginkgo trees, an Acacia Pravissima which is a riot of yellow mimosa flowers in spring, also a Magnolia Nigra and Eucalyptus.

The rear garden is on three levels with steps leading down to a narrow hidden garden with a fernery and further steps to the main space. A small stream leads to a bog garden overhung by a magnolia grandiflora. At the end of the garden a pergola leads to the vegetable garden and greenhouse. A large lawn is bordered by flowerbeds, a camellia border, tree peonies, clematis and many other unusual trees, bulbs, shrubs and herbaceous perennials.
In early spring the soil is blue with chionodoxa.

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