From the lush Long Border, at its best in high summer, to the inspirational vegetable beds, there’s always something new to see at Great Dixter in East Sussex
Why Great Dixter?
I’ve visited plenty of times but somehow never tire of it, because there is always something new to see.
What makes it so special?
Fergus Garrett (below), who took the garden over when Christopher Lloyd died, continues to garden in an experimental, forward-thinking way, so the borders are constantly changing. He is also a master at successional planting, so there is never a dull moment, with flowers and foliage changing throughout the seasons.
In high summer, the Long Border is at its colourful best, and the exotic garden is like a jungle, with lush banana plants, cannas and outrageously coloured dahlias. As a keen veg gardener, I always go for a wander around the immaculate vegetable beds to give me ideas (or make me feel inadequate). At the far end of the vegetable plot is a border planted by garden designer Luciano Giubbilei, at this time of year full of tall, willowy plants.
Who would you take?
I’d take my gardening pal Lucie Dutton so we could talk plants and egg each other on to buy lots of plants in the nursery.
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