My favourite Japanese-syle garden in the UK

18th May 2010 • ArchivePrevious PostNext Post

Yesterday I dropped in on what i think is the best example of a Japanese-style garden in the UK (I haven't seen them all, of course...) It's not the biggest, the oldest, the best known, or anything like that, but it has a collection of great trees - Scots pines, larches and Nothofagus - that win my vote.

I like this garden because....

Limited plant palette
Nice trees (but not too shackled by purely Japanese natives)
Very few ornaments
Moss as ground cover
Clipped azaleas
Great waterfall, stream, rocks and path
Not trying to disguise the fact that this is in Enfield, not Kyoto 
Fantastic view from living room 
The sense of landscape

The owner, Peter Sievert, was just about to start bud pruning on his pines - he prunes three times over the year, once in May, thinning out and pinching back the buds. Then In 6-8 weeks he has another go, and finally in the autumn thins and cleans up the trees.

By the way, if anyone subscribes to, or reads this blog regularly, sorry for the lengthy gaps between posts recently...

Sievert path 2

Sievert garden

Sievert pines

Sievert pines 1Sievert scots pines

Sievert garden window


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