{Design showcase} Jinny Blom

Jinny Blom is famous for creating swoon-worthy gardens. But even though every single garden she designs is stunning, each is very, very different. She gives F&F readers a tour of two of the most breathtaking.

1. Temple Guiting

The brief: This beautiful Grade 1 listed house in the Windrush Valley was a lost Cotswold treasure with no gardens to speak of. Jinny’s design was inspired by her historic research into the setting, and aimed to revive the Manor and to give it a famous setting.

The materials: Cotswold stone and York stone.

The plants: Wildly romantic and dripping with roses, clematis, and topiarised yew. Although each section of the garden sticks to its own planting scheme, some plants are threaded throughout, such as alliums, violas and Verbena bonariensis.

2. Hampstead

The brief: This garden is constructed from in-situ concrete, glass and limestone. Jinny tells F&F readers that she has always been influenced by the Italian architect Carlo Scarpa and this garden plays out his fascination with materials. She softened the concrete with richly-coloured planting.

The materials: Portuguese limestone and in-situ concrete.

The plants: A rich tapestry of colours, including Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’, Geranium ‘Patricia’, Knautia macedonica, Panicum virgatum, Dryopteris felix mas and Allium Sphaerocephalon.

If you’ve been wriggling your toes with delight at these marvellous designs, then head over to Jinny’s website, where you’ll find even more gardens to treasure. She is also designing a garden for Jardin, Jardin aux Tuileries in Paris this year.

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2 Responses

  1. Lois Lawrence

    We Americans have a long way to go to catch up with this beautiful style of gardening. I stumbled across your site because I use both fennel and fern in my pressed botanical art. Thanks for the lovely blog.

  2. schmoo

    I personally love concrete. I have a big garden, but I am not wealthy LOl…I love the simplicity of concrete, and the fact that it is more durable than wood. It can also be made into a variety of shapes, such as benches, walls, niches etc. The best part is that it is more affordable for a wide variety of gardeners. The downside is that it can make the planting areas more alkaline, so planting choices near concrete can be limited. Still, I love these inspiring photos. They’re nice, and something I can actually do in my own garden.


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