Tantalising "T gardens from tip to toe of the UK
I'm hurtling through the alphabet now because there are winter gardens in bloom here (yes, even with all the snow and terrible weather we've had!) that I'd like to feature, so onto the tantalising "T"s! Starting with Tintinhull, a charming Somerset garden in the heart of beautiful countryside and definitely worth a look if you're in the vicinity, not least because you can combine it with a visit to East Lambrook Manor, Hestercombe or Lytes Carey. A small, but glorious garden, reputed to be designed in part by Harold Peto of Iford Manor fame, which embodies everything English, including the magnificent house and entrance.
Torosay - a real gem on the romantic island of Mull, just a short ferry ride away from Oban in Scotland. Definitely a garden to put on your wish list if you're planning a trip to the north of Britain. There's a magnificent Italian garden here and wonderful statuary. Splendid in the spring when the azaleas are in bloom and with wonderful views over the sea. There's a new Japanese garden, bog garden and numerous walks through the grounds. Also spectacular in autumn when the trees are changing colour.
Back to the south of England and, if it's open for the NGS, make sure you visit Town Place in Sussex. You'll see incredible rose displays (above); an impressive herb garden, a long and colourful herbaceous border and much more. Many other gardens to visit locally if you're in Sussex, including Borde Hill, Nymans and Wakehurst Place.
Trebah is the first of two tantalising "T" gardens in Cornwall - a glorious 25-acre estate that you'll be hard pressed to cover in one visit. Stunning views over the Helford estuary and there's a wonderful place to rest at the bottom of the garden when you reach the beach. Staggering spring displays of rhododendrons and hydrangeas you'll never forget in late summer!
Tremenheere will remain imprinted on my heart forever after my first visit there this autumn. This glorious garden is in the making - brainchild of Neil Armstrong, who believes in "wild" gardens in the William Robinson tradition. This garden has a unique location, incredible views over St Michael's Mount and promises to be one of the really great gardens of the future, rivalling many other "greats" in Britain. I'll certainly be making a special trip to Cornwall to see this amazing site again in the spring.