Now the clocks have changed and we can FINALLY welcome people from outside our households to socialise in our gardens I thought it would be a great time to share some of my favourite gardens and/or gardening accounts from the land of Instagram.
Gardening is definitely something that I’m appreciating more the older I get, but I still often feel overwhelmed by our outdoor space. Don’t get me wrong the potential is endless and I really love pottering about but I would love more of a mature, finished space. Still lots of learning to be done so without further ado here they are!
*As an aside these are more flower/traditional gardens rather than veg growing ones – believe me there will be a whole other post about that and probably ten times as long as this one!*
Not only is Amy’s house so beautiful and full of colour, her garden is a bit of alright too! She goes to show what you can achieve in a city garden without the need for loads of space. I love how she has created separate seating areas in different parts of her garden to capture the sun at various times of day and she has one of the most handsome magnolia trees that I’ve seen in all of insta-land. I may be a little bit jealous!
Amy also uses clever décor touches like lanterns, colourful parasols and pots to add extra vibrancy to her space and make it truly joyful. It’s a clever way to change up spaces without necessarily needing to keep planting and helps give a fresh new look.
Well, I’ve decided that if I ever leave London its to move into Katy’s home. Set in a stunning location in Northamptonshire, again it’s another example of a home being beautiful on the outside as it is on the inside and Katy shares so many gardening adventures and growing tips.
One of my favourite elements of Katy’s garden (although it’s hard to pick) is her absolutely sensational wisteria and I’m contemplating trying to grow one around the front of our home. She also has the most fabulous green house and last year renovated a covered outdoor dining area. Like I say, I’m only leaving London to move into Katy’s.
Another venture away from the smoke, Hannah and Mike share their garden adventures in their Suffolk home and are currently undergoing a bit of back garden landscaping. One of my favourite elements of their garden makeover is the curved path which is such a clever idea when you have a long but more narrow garden – it adds an illusion of space and looks so much more interesting than a straight path.
You’ll find loads of cottage garden inspo on their page including roses and tulips and I love their realistic approach to gardening and creating a beautiful space – it’s all totally do-able but unless you have a team of gardeners and unlimited budget it all takes time and learning.
Swinging back into the city now for Justin’s garden which just had to feature because oh my goodness it’s the dark, sophisticated, structured stylish garden of DREAMS. I’ve been following Justin for ages and his garden makeover was absolutely epic, so much so that I’m going to include a before and after right here.
Again, in a fairly modest space Justin has created everything a garden could possibly want – a stylish studio/home office, a sociable seating area complete with pergola and hanging chair and also a water feature. He has focused on establishing a low-maintenance garden that offers something of interest all year round but won’t require the days/weeks of post-winter rejuvenation. A triumph!
Well Anya’s account is so aptly named because there is NOTHING that she doesn’t know about gardening and her story is quite a phenomenal one. Coming from a place of family sadness, Anya turned to gardening to help and is entirely self-taught. Not only did she create an absolutely immense and stunning family garden, Anya now dedicates her time to helping others.
You’ll find everything on her page from sowing seeds, to transplanting seedlings, caring for lavender, looking after dahlia tubers and just so so much more. She is the kindest person with advice nothing is too much trouble, plus she has chickens and bees too so something for all of us.
From city and country gardens to literally getting away from it all, Sharon’s incredible garden on the island of Anglesey is like something you’d only imagine finding in films. With a stunning array of colour, Sharon is also a florist and has her own floristry cabin nestled in her gorgeous land and honestly, it feels like a fairy tale to me where I just want to click my fingers and transport myself into every shot to go exploring and be at one with nature.
For those who have an interest in gardening whether pro or novice they’ve recently added the most beautiful greenhouse and with those amazing waterside vistas and sunsets, I’m a little bit smitten.
Claire is another one of my long-time insta faves and I’ve been following the beautiful sympathetic restoration of their Edwardian home. You’ve probably gathered that I’m more of a taking time and attention to detail person rather than a rush job for the sake of it and I love all the beautiful details in Claire’s home and garden. Claire has created a hybrid garden similar to what I ultimately want to try and do with separate zones for socialising and dining, plus lawn, plus veg patch and every area is gorgeous.
I think one of my favourite features though of Claire’s garden has to be her brick-built pizza oven and the beautiful adjoining dining area – perfect for summer dining al fresco and it looks like something straight out of the pages of a magazine!
Last but by no means least as I think I’ve saved my absolute favourite to the end (and yours too judging by how many people suggested Rebecca’s incredible garden when I asked for your faves the other day!) I think it was last year or the year before I first came across Rebecca’s incredible garden account which she separates out from her home one. The inspiration is ENDLESS and she shares so many tips from how to succession garden, how to add new borders, what trees to plant, sowing wild flowers and just so much more.
I think what impresses me so much about her space is that if you scroll through highlights and from pictures she shares, their canvas was a very blank and uninspiring one and yet through trial and error, learning as they’ve gone, Rebecca and her husband have created the most jaw-droppingly beautiful garden in just a few years and it goes to show what any of us can achieve with some patience and willingness to learn.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and maybe found one or two new accounts to follow, I’ve loved putting it together and I’m sure we’ll all be embracing longer days and warmer weather to either spend time in our own gardens or just get outside and appreciate nature.