My Garden

small but perfectly formed

The National Gardens Scheme rejected my garden because "it's not big enough to provide 45 minutes of interest". They were probably right, but I love it all the same.

My west-facing, Westcliff on Sea plot is only 35 feet long and 15 feet wide, but it's crammed with plants (not to mention the pond, veggies and a shed) and regularly used for magazine photo shoots, dining and parties. The garden is a huge part of family life and I can't imagine what we'd do without it. I adore any plant that looks a bit tropical (so I grow plenty of cannas and gingers), I can't resist anything that's got huge leaves (gunnera, tetrapanax - I've got them all) and I'm a sucker for a pretty flower (I've lost count of how many different dahlias I've tried). 

I enjoy sharing the garden and, even though it's small, open it by appointment. Don't hesitate to get in touch if you'd like to take the tour. The garden was featured in Essex Life in 2009.