David and Sue discovered they both really enjoyed gardening when they moved into their home in 1996. They found their garden relaxing – a mutual hobby that gave them a lot of satisfaction.
The trees that were there when the family moved in, have grown considerably over the years. ‘We bought three cordyline trees for £5 from a car boot sale,’ recalls Sue. At the time they fitted into a carrier bag, but now they stand 20 feet tall and tower over the garden, whilst Box honeysuckle and euonymus make neat borders, with an array of blooms for year-round colour.
The couple’s garden won a prize at Kingston in Bloom in 2014 – its curved, clipped hedges creating structure, while painted furniture and decorative lanterns, along with the planting, give it a relaxed, country feel.
Log cabin: £10,000