Featured This Month, May 2021: Catherine’s English Garden

This months’ “featured this month” is a particularly special one and we are very excited to feature none other than co-owner of The Basket Company, Catherine of @catherinesenglishgarden.

May is all about vibrancy. The flowers are alive with colour, the bees and butterflies are flitting from garden to garden and Catherine’s beautiful English garden is thriving. Catherine has chosen a design for her garden that is practical yet full of charm and abundance, encompassing you with a divine display of beautiful creations. If you’ve been following Catherine’s Instagram account for a while, you will notice that her whimsical and visual interest has a lot of consistent elements in her garden, featuring an ongoing theme of soft pinks, blues, mauves and whites and an occasional pop of yellow for spring. Catherine loves getting her hands in the soil, from planting beautiful shrubs to harvesting her plentiful rhubarb and the apples from her beautiful apple blossom trees, which she uses in her recipes, including a delicious apple and rhubarb crumble.

The garden is not only one of Catherine’s favourite hobbies but it also holds a special place in her heart. In 2018 she decided to re-design her garden with the goal of including a selection of plants to bring back the memories of her father.

“I enjoyed following him around as a child, while he did anything from pruning apple trees to weeding the beds.  I was mesmerised by the primroses and grape hyacinths in spring and enjoyed filling my lungs with the soft scent of roses in the summer”

The corners of the garden bloom with colour of prosperous dahlias, delicate roses, a stunning scabiosa and towering lupins to name a few!

“I remember as a small child walking through the dahlias that were taller than me with heads that were way bigger than mine!”

Catherine’s garden reminds us of a pretty cottage garden. We can just imagine the lavender perfuming the garden with their soft floral scent and the adorned displays of roses. Just picture wandering around the garden and admiring these beautiful displays of flowers on a warm, sunny morning with a cup of coffee in hand.

Catherine loves watching her garden come to life with the buzz of insects. She has included plants which make a generous “garden buffet” for the pollinators, providing quite the feast for bees, butterflies and other insects to source nectar and pollen from, to contribute towards our ever-important eco-system.

One of her favourite shade loving pollinator plants is the Camelia and some of her favourite sun-loving plants are Lavenders, Lupins, Roses, Alliums, Lavatera, Asters, Scabiosa, Hebes and Dephiniums.

Catherine’s garden starts feeding the pollinators early in the year. In keeping with her colour scheme, snowdrops and grape hyacinths are the first to flower in February, followed by camelias, apple blossom and early flowering clematis in spring and then in May & June when the garden is truly at its best, her garden thrives with an abundance of summer flowers such as lupins, roses and lavender.

One of our personal favourites is this magnificent regal Iris which returns year after year, providing a striking tint for the garden of deep purple shades and a bright egg yolk yellow.

“They’ve given me such joy throughout April and they’re still going strong. They are situated on the sunny side of our garden where everything’s started to grow like crazy”

Let’s talk accessories:

Catherine’s accessories are also very sentimental as she has inherited various pieces, such as her father’s roller, to keep his memory alive. This beautiful antique piece, has its own section, next to the beautiful ivy in her garden and makes quite the rustic addition! In her garden, you will also find her father’s watering can, her beautiful metal bench and our grey & buff rattan baskets of course!

For a fresh look this spring, Catherine has decided to re-furbish her fence. Inspired by the gorgeous fence of @fionaandroger, she has traded in the traditional mahogany fence for a more on-trend colour. She has chosen “Pigeon, Exterior Eggshell no.25” by Farrow & Ball, which gives the fence a modern, fresh look and enhances the colours of her flowers and foliage. Look how beautiful her clematis helsingborg looks against the colour of the fence. We love the contrast of the fresh, translucent green with the little pops of deep purple against that soft, muted shade. All the colours combined make the perfect blend for elegance and a garden to be proud of.

If you’d like to see more of Catherine’s garden, you can follow it here.

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