The Chelsea Flower Show marks the moment of peak national aspiration for our gardens. Inspired by visits to the extravaganza and the hours of TV coverage, people with negligible horticultural skills — and little time or patience — suddenly believe that they are destined to create a plot that could win a gold medal at the annual event, which starts on Tuesday. This dream is usually shortlived, but some homebuyers become convinced that their dream property should have a plot to rival a show garden — either formally planted or of the wilderness variety co-designed by the Duchess of Cambridge at this year’s show.
Jonathan Bramwell of the Buying Solution comments: “We were recently involved in the purchase of a country house with an amazing ten-acre garden, but maintaining it required three gardeners with running costs of £100,000.”
When it comes to what makes a great garden there are firm rules about looks, particularly for a trophy house in the country, as Bramwell explains. “This requires a large south-facing terrace with a sheltered alfresco dining area and far-reaching views across lawns towards unspoilt countryside,” he says.
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