From an ancient knot garden to water-lily filled ponds, discover the best houses for greenfingered buyers
Britain has a long and important gardening tradition. Whether it’s just a tiny cottage garden full of herbs, violets and roses or a grand affair with oak-lined avenues, statues and water displays, few British houses feel complete without a bit of greenery. At Mariners, the current owner is an expert on Gertrude Jekyll, who was one of Britain’s best gardeners. Jekyll’s influence emerges clearly in the grounds, which have a gorgeous formal rose area, lush herbaceous borders, perfectly trimmed hedging and a stunning central pond with water lilies. The gardens link seamlessly with an outdoor entertaining area on the paved terrace. Strutt & Parker.
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