Lush green lawns and bright colorful gardens … gardening in this corner of the world is both a tradition and a delight.
Whether you live in a cottage, flat, or sprawling estate, you can make your own backyard beautiful—and maybe also delicious (tomato-and-basil tart, anyone?)
But as carefree and easy as a patch of flowers might appear to be, anyone who’s ever gotten dirt under their nails knows differently.
A good-looking garden takes both planning and effort. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Formal gardens add a bit of magic to any home. And the number one way to replicate that look in your own home is through a hedge.
Hedges act as “living walls,” providing both privacy and beauty. Which shrub you choose will depend on exactly what you’re looking for.
Arborvitae grow fast and can grow up to 15 feet tall. They are also heat and drought resistant.
Boxwood are much smaller, but can live for up to 100 years. Left on their own, they offer more of a natural look, but they can also be trimmed to create a tidy hedge.
Forsythia, which bloom a cheery yellow in early summer, has sweeping branches that create a natural—and beautiful—hedge.
Anything goes in a cottage garden, where the goal is to create exactly what you want, without any rules.
With that said, there are a few plants that work better than others. Consider planting foxglove, wisteria, phlox, geraniums, peonies, roses, and cosmos.
Tip: You simply can’t have too much color—or too much going on—in a cottage garden. Plant what you love and give them the love they need to thrive.
A kitchen garden is exactly what it sounds like—a place where you grow things you can eat. Luckily, Surrey is a great place to do exactly that, thanks to the rich soil and mild climate.
If you don’t have much room, consider using a widow box to grow herbs like basil, rosemary, or thyme. But if do you have room, you can grow so much more. Imagine fresh tomatoes, onions, or peas. You could also try your hand at fruit, such as strawberries, rhubarb, raspberries, or blueberries.
3 Gardens to Inspire Near Walton-on-Thames
Living in Walton-on-Thames is like a student of geology living in Yellowstone National Park or an aspiring fashion designer living in Paris. You’re surrounded by some of the most beautiful gardens in the world. Here are three great places to smell the roses—and the lavender, primrose, violets, and verbena.
• Painshill has been called “England’s most elegant 18th century landscape garden.” It was created between 1738 and 1773 by Charles Hamilton, who was inspired by the Renaissance art he saw during his travels across Europe. The result is a sequence of breathtaking vistas, including a serpentine lake with islands and bridges.
• Strawberry Hill House & Garden boasts a gothic castle and a romantic garden filled with formal borders, groves of trees and shrubs, winding paths, and woodlands. This estate’s history began in 1747 when Horace Walpole purchased one of the last remaining sites available on the banks of the Thames. Prepare for your visit by reading Walpole’s book “The Castle of Otranto,” which is credited as being the world’s first gothic novel.
• The Medicine Garden was a dilapidated old walled Victorian Garden before its current owner and gardener-in-chief, Paul Studholme, came along. Today, it’s a delightful destination where you can come to learn about garden design, shop for vintage furniture or home goods, take part in a yoga or Pilates class, enjoy a coffee and cake, or even indulge in a beauty treatment.
Gardening Tips and Tricks and StorageMart
Gardening is a hobby that can quickly become a healthy obsession. Before you know it, you’re composting, mulching, fertilizing, and growing your own seedlings. That’s all great, but it can leave you short on space.
At StorageMart, we offer self storage units that can be rented on a month-by-month basis. That means you could stash your gardening supplies for the winter, then bring it all home when spring rolls around. Need more info? Check out our storage unit guide or rent a unit online today.