Willowhill is a 3 acre garden developed since 2000 by a husband and wife team. The garden has two major design features. The first, to fit with the landscape and provide a sense of travel and discovery, wide sweeping paths through a large grassland area lead the eye to the focal point of the hill beyond and gardens around the house have paths curving and undulating through and around borders. The second, different vibrant colour combinations are used to produce dramatic effects. The planting provide a long season of interest from May to September.
On the north side is a circular lawn enclosed by mixed borders of shrubs underplanted with bulbs and perennials where the summer planting concentrates on pale pink, blue, purple and lemon colours blending into burnt orange, chocolate and purple-red planting. From here, paths lead to a vegetable plot laid out in rectangular beds.
To the west, a stepped terrace of alpines leads to a wild-life pond in a large grassland area providing a foreground to views over the countryside and planted with trees, bulbs and herbaceous perennials through which wide sweeping paths are mown.
On the south side of the house a gravel path meanders through beds overflowing with plants in a palate of red, blue and yellow. This is backed by a stone wall through which a gateway leads to a long hot border packed with orange, magenta purple and acid yellow plants opposite two more recently developed purple, pink and red borders of bulbs, roses and perennials.
The garden owners, Prof Eric Wright and Ms Sally Lorimore provide guided tours and presentations on the development of the garden to groups/clubs etc... Details available on request.