Annual Rudbeckias look terrific in sunny places

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During the summer the south facing garden here at Hilltop is a gorgeous riot of colour and scent, the 250 year old thatched cottage barely visible amongst the greenery and flowers. Unusual and interesting annuals and perennials alongside traditional and familiar plants like phlox, roses, asters and dahlias boldly combine to make a spectacular display. The view from the cottage back to the gazebo is equally delightful.  The focus of the garden is a massive oak around which the garden curves and flows, the paths and borders meandering away from the shade into the sun fill every corner with interest and surprise. 

The garden is so well screened from the lane, that on entering through the little latch gate visitors get the impression of a tardis with the garden opening out in all directions.

A wildlife pond to the left, tubs, troughs and hanging baskets in front of the cottage and an arbour covered with roses, sweet peas and clematis runs the breadth of the garden and draws the eye over the boundary hedge and surrounding farmland to the Dorset Downs.
You may have read some of the many articles on the garden that have appeared in magazines such as The English Gardener, Period Living and Garden News, also in publications more local and as far afield as Germany and Japan.
Achilleas and gaillardias clash beautifully in a sunny spot. The whole garden is a haven for more than just visitors with butterflies and bees amongst the flowers while the skies above are filled with swooping swallows and house martins. The garden was included as one of the Daily Telegraph's 50 Great small gardens to visit in 2009.

The garden has also been featured on TV, most recently with Joe Swift.

Brian & Josse Emerson. Hilltop. Woodville. Stour Provost. Gillingham. Dorset SP85LY    Tel:01747 838512

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