Winterton House is a strikingly tall residential block on the Commercial Road in East London whose private garden will be open on Sunday 19 June, during Open Garden Squares Weekend – this is a ‘‘must-visit-&-linger! I was privileged recently to see this wonderful, young garden with surprises and enjoyments around every corner. The garden, hen house, and small vegetable squares are a lesson in what can be achieved by grit, determination, vision, and sheer hard work. And it is all due to two mature and extraordinary gardeners, Melvyn Smith and Ken Davis.
The new gravel garden alongside the pergola is growing strongly, planted with Bamboo and Stipa Tenuissima and is already stylishly splendid.
Alongside the gravel garden is The Pergola and right now the Solanum (Potato Creeper) is in full bloom and contrasting dramatically with the magenta of its neighbouring Clematis. Just imagine the clouds of blue and magenta in another year or two! This is a stylish garden, with touches of drama so do take your time to discover its intricacies and do chat to Melvyn or Ken.
And beyond the gravel are beautiful borders, each with its own micro-climate and planting challenge.
The roses are wonderful!
There are several varieties of Geranium in the garden.
And here I learned a good lesson – in the pond there are frogs, and the frogs control the slug population… In my own garden I am inundated with snails; would frogs cope with snails as well…?
In this area the Arum Lilies are safe, and there are flowers in abundance: E A Bowles Wallflower, Centranthus, Californian Poppies, Salvia ‘Hot Lips’, Camomile, and many more.
The vegetable garden is adjacent to, but separate from, the flower garden. The small plots are carefully and intelligently tended. Here I learned the importance of plants which are attractive to bees. Melvyn Smith explained that since just a few of these plants have been introduced into the vegetable garden the fruit and vegetable crops have significantly increased – such a simple thing to do.
There are many splendid details in this peaceful and ever-developing garden – a must-visit during the Open Garden Squares Weekend, when you will also find music and, of course, cups of tea and cake!
OPEN GARDEN SQUARES WEEKEND 19 JUNE 2016
Open: Sunday 19 June, 10:00–17:00