On a rainy day just before I went on holiday I visited the garden of John and Lesley Jenkins, Wollerton Old Hall in Shropshire. John was kind enough to give a guided tour, dodging the BBC filming with Carol Klien.
Formal simplicity outside the house.
Topiary and deep herbaceous borders filled with an abundant mix of roses, perennials and shrubs form the garden spaces in the garden. Although a familiar theme the design is so well considered in this garden, the scale of each area seems beautifully balanced. The whole garden works in harmony with itself and the house. At no point do you feel overwhelmed by hedges or planting. The colour combinations show an artists eye behind the schemes. John and Lesley continually review the garden and are not afraid of change. The garden has had several reincarnations to date.
The garden has a wonderful selection of Clematis and some remarkable hardy Salvia. I could not refrain from a purchase or two! Edward Humphris the head gardener was very helpful with information on both.
My photographs do not do the garden justice, so if you have the chance do visit.