Once a year in Ludlow gardeners open up their gardens to visitors; there are large gardens and small gardens and most of them are secret because you cannot see them from the street. Because of the medieval way the streets were planned most plots are long and narrow with the front door opening onto the street. Although many houses in the old town have pots of flowers and plants outside their front door some are lucky enough to have further outdoor space hidden behind like this Regency façade below with Wisteria climbing the columns.
I have used a few creative effects here as these photos were taken on a rainy day and the raindrops weren’t always beneficial 🙂
Some have lawns and formal box-edged beds, others neatly paved with Greek urns. Then there are the walled gardens where people make use of the vertical space with climbers and trellises. Pots of all shapes and sizes are crammed into shady corners, bistro tables and chairs, or a bench offer the chance to relax and smell the roses.
Sculptures in stone or glass or metal adorn large and small spaces, and touches of humour can be found. Shady courtyards make the most of water features, adornments, mirrors, glazed coloured containers and hostas with white flowers. Some gardeners theme their plants by colour whilst others have a riot of cottage flowers.