Tour 3. Gloucestershire and Warwickshire – Monday 17 June

The Court House, Stretton-on-Fosse
Mr and Mrs Christopher White

The Court House presents two aspects; a stone front on the drive and a very smart late-Georgian brick façade overlooking the four-acre garden. Throughout the garden Penny White’s stylish plant combinations catch the eye. The front door is flanked by pots with banana plants rising out of a froth of pelargoniums. A great curving border, planted for autumn-flowering, leads round the house to a terrace with sentinel yew spirals and box puddings in front of a ha-ha. Across a further lawn eye-catching, cinnamon-barked Scots Pines rise over beech and yew hedging. The walled garden has a long central avenue of standard wisteria and Pyrus ‘Chanticleer’ rising from box beds filled with the greys and purples of Sage, Santolina, Geraniums and Allium sphaerocephalon which screen the very productive spaces behind.

Upton Wold, Nr Moreton-in-Marsh
Mr and Mrs Ian Bond

Upton Wold is one of the great Cotswold gardens. Designed originally by Hal Moggridge, it has been developed and cared for with huge passion ever since by Ian and Caroline Bond. Three vital elements are fused in this garden; a magnificent location looking over the north Cotswolds, a very firm structure of hedges and walls and hugely skilled and knowledgeable plantsmanship. Clipped yews and hornbeam hedges are softened by the abundance of perennials. A long border, concealed from the main lawn by a yew hedge, is brim-full with Phlox, Geraniums, Heucheras and Hostas. A pond, with lovely marginal planting is approached through a wild-flower garden. The kitchen garden, separated from Ian Bond’s National Collection of Walnuts by a tall and windowed hornbeam hedge, is awash with Irises.

Greenfields, Little Rissington
Mr and Mrs Mark MacKenzie-Charrington

Diana and Mark MacKenzie-Charrington have created, almost from scratch, the lovely two-acre garden around their Georgian Cotswold-stone house over the last 19 years. The house sits in the Windrush valley and looks out towards the river Dickler. Beyond the drive the lawn steps down in a series of terraces with, to one side, a hedge-enclosed rose garden. The main part of the garden, whose walls are covered with Ceanothus, a white Wisteria and selection of climbing roses unknown to owner, lies immediately behind the house. From a paved terrace, originally destined to be a herb garden, steps lead up to lawns fringed with borders filled with roses and summer-flowering perennials, punctuated by mounds of Hebe. A walk leads between clipped Portuguese Laurel umbrellas under-planted with mounds of lavender. Outside the walled garden chickens wander at will through the vegetable garden and an informal woodland garden.