The Knoll

A charming, much-loved garden brimming with inspiration and good ideas.


November 2023

Hidden behind a high hedge and overlooking three quarters of an acre of garden is The Knoll, an old stone house built by the present owner’s great grandparents in 1896. Over the past 35 years, descendent John and his wife Alison have breathed new life into the property, redesigning the garden and creating a tranquil green space, well planted and beautifully maintained.

A small gate in the hedge leads to the garden through a leafy area where shade loving plants thrive beneath a stand of tall pin oaks. This is one of several lushly planted areas sheltered by the canopies of the many trees on the site.

By contrast there are warm open areas where blue convolvulus cascades down over stone retaining walls, and roses, lavender, agapanthus, iris, salvias, succulents and pots of geraniums provide plenty of colour. Well-pruned hedges, both small and tall, and clipped domes of foliage are dotted throughout, adding form to the profusely planted flower beds. In these sunny areas the plants, the hedges along with terracotta pots and the use of gravel for paths give a cottagey, Mediterranean feel to the garden.

A large gazebo and most of the structures and hardscaping in the garden are John’s handiwork. Another of his projects has been re-purposing and adapting old picture frames for Alison to create green ‘living pictures’ using the rich colours and textures of succulents as her medium. Similar unplanted frames will be available for sale.

Size: 3000 sqm

Garden Notes

Garden notes are written by the garden owner and often tell the story of their garden. Click the link below to download the notes. We suggest you also print them out and bring them to the garden.

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