Sandhill Farm House; a rich tapestry of design and planting

Founder and Principal of the English Gardening School, Rosemary Alexander has brought all her experience and skills as a plantswoman to the creation of her garden in the West Sussex countryside. The result is a rich tapestry of design and planting which belies the overall size of one acre. Rosemary introduces us to her garden:

A Closer Look


The garden’s character is built around the seasonal differences between the front and rear gardens. The former is principally a spring, partly woodland garden, with choice early spring flowering shrubs and a succession of bulbs from snowdrops through to tulips. Here there is also a white garden.

Highlights in the rear garden are the roses, and the red and grasses border. Perhaps the most spectacular rose of all is the China rose ‘Crimson Bengal’ which can flower continuously for eleven months of the year. Through both front and rear gardens there are deft touches, rows of clipped box balls lining a flagstone path, the small potager-style vegetable garden, the green and white border and the cottage area planted beneath three native field maples and silver birch.

For more about Sandhill Farm House click here

Images: Judi Lion

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