Bridget Tisdall’s north-facing garden in Forest Garden Estate, Hunters Home reflects her persona; controlled, perfectly groomed, stylish and refined. The garden is small, yet Bridget has managed to pack so much into the space; interesting hard landscaping, colourful spring flowering bulbs and shrubs, and containers brimming with unusual succulents, all perfectly arranged to show off colour, texture and form.
A few years back the garden was changed from a more traditional English- type garden to a relaxed indigenous one. It is now a heaven for birds, butterflies and bees.
Recently a variety of Ericas & Serurias were introduced; there were a few casualties but those that survived are thriving. Her Leucodendrons and Leucospermums get a regular trim and they are flourishing for it. Spring sees an abundance of Ixias, Freesias and Watsonias, softening the bed into a billowing cloud of colour.
At the back of the garden down a narrow alleyway is her cut flower garden. The pockets in the Sholin wall have been utilised to create a living wall of unusual foliage plants that are regularly trimmed when material is needed for her floral arrangements. At the kitchen door is a tiny veggie patch with a variety of veggies and herbs providing Bridget’s kitchen with fresh produce.
This water wise garden is inspirational and it proves that colour and interest can be achieved in a small area.