Mum often opens alongside me for the NGS despite being an octogenarian. Her garden is a low-maintenance gravel garden to front and rear and highlights what can be done in a small space to give year round pleasure. Bordering on a Chelsea-style show garden, it is immaculate and extremely well designed with colour combinations, foliage variation and a range of hard landscaping materials that inspire all who see it. She now has the occasional help from a local gardener (being Mum, she and I tend to argue about the garden so its better to have a ‘stranger’ do it instead!) but the easier aspects such as planting up containers and light pruning are still done by herself. Despite her age she is still brave enough to make decisions others might flinch from, such as painting the shed mauve
Her piece de resistance is the white wisteria pergola, unfortunately normally gone over for the opening day:
Her current passions are roses and they really thrive in her garden:
Rosa 'Gertrude Jekyll;
Rosa 'Rhapsody in Blue'
Rosa 'James Galway'