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Jane Harries, My Garden (NN12)

Styles: Organic, English cottage, Allotment or vegetable plot, Rural, Water, Wildflower, Wildlife

Soil types: Clay, Loamy

Soil drainage: Well-drained

Soil pH: Alkaline

Light: Full Shade, Full Sun, Partial Shade

Aspect: South, East, West

Exposure: Exposed

Third of an acre cottage garden with views out onto a large horse chestnut tree one direction and to fields and hills another. A pond, meadow patch and fruit trees, with vegetable patches, greenhouse and a lot of lawn.

Jane Harries's garden plan

There is not a published plan for this garden yet.


Jane Harries

Jane Harries

About me
I live in a cottage in Northamptonshire which has a lovely rather large cottage garden, a lot of which is lawn as I love lying on the grass or sitting on a deckchair on it. There is a wildlife pond, wildlife meadow patch, a Meditteranean sunny border and a lot of places for vegetables and fruit, as well as a hedge of flowering shrubs. I am a garden designer and also love painting, marketing and editing the village newsletter.

Gardening expertise
Very Keen

Biggest gardening accomplishments
The wildlife pond in a dry clay area - managing to make it look wet and naturally pond-like despite the summer dryness. I used a lot of carex pendula and some irises as well as inula at the back and geraniums round the side.

Biggest gardening frustrations
Weeds! And having to get someone else to do most of the work on a small budget, as after a long illness I am still building up fitness to do it myself. Also as everyone else would say, the weather - it's always too wet/dry/cold etc for some veg I want to grow!

The gardening project I am currently working on
A patch of meadow, which is bulbs in spring and early summer, going over to scabious, knapweed and geraniums in summer and early autumn, then cut for the spring. I'm growing more red campion for it as this did well this year. However it's hard to keep t

On the web
Blog: www.janeharriesgardens.co.uk/blog
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jane-Harries-Garden-Designs/155370997824988

Jane Harries's forum posts

Re: Preparation of ground for tapesty lawn?
Mon. 22nd January 2018 12:31

Re: Plant ID for London area Shurb
Sat. 17th June 2017 13:52


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