Paul Shelton's Top 3 gardens in Kent, Surrey and Sussex


We ask Paul Shelton, Operations Manager of Frogheath Landscapes to name his three favourite gardens in Kent, Surrey and Sussex

Great Dixter

This garden is a plant lover's paradise. You have to squeeze past borders that are overflowing with amazing herbaceous perennials full of colour and texture. It looks like there isn't a plan at all, but to achieve this impact requires a lot of planning and structure. The yew hedges create a backdrop to the garden that lets the stars of the show really stand out.

Ambrose Place, Worthing

For anyone looking for inspiration of what they can do with a small garden then a visit to Ambrose Place is a must. The whole street opens for the NGS and you wouldn't believe what lies behind the gates of each of the Victorian townhouses. The display of plants is exceptional, some gardens full of traditional English country garden plants brimming with colour and scent; others use hostas and ferns to create tranquil green spaces.

Wakehurst Place

The winter is often a time when people forget about the garden. However, a visit to Wakehurst Place in the middle of winter demonstrates what can be done. The cornus bring warm colours of yellows and reds, the stem colour and bark of the birch tree 'Betula utilis var. jacquemontii' is a joy and so many shrubs at this time of year have berries that are bursts of colour on a winter's day.

Frogheath Landscapes work predominantly within a 35 mile radius of Burwash Weald and use environmentally sensitive suppliers where possible. They have won two gold medals at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and a gold medal at RHS Royal Hampton Court Flower Show.

Frogheath Landscapes, Burwash Weald, 01435 883516, www.frogheath.co.uk