Boscombe Road is Catherine’s home and reflects her love of vibrant colour inside and out.
Despite four children who tend to use the lawn as a football pitch she has created a space which suits everyone. Her husband has a shed at the end of the garden, which he uses as an office. The children have a rustic tree house.
There is a bower covered in purple Solanum ‘Glasnnevin’ and white Clematis montana ‘Grandiflora’ – a wonderful combination of purple and white – which provides shade for eating outside in the summer. There are raised beds for growing kale and rhubarb at the end of the garden and a line of pleached crabapples to screen the garden from next door.
Catherine experiments with pots each year – masses of scented geraniums grown from cuttings – as well as exotic leaves (Melianthus and Banana) combined with Salvias, Verbena, Abutilon and her favourite Pineapple lilies (Eucomis ‘Zeal Bronze’) which come into their own at the end of the season.