Architectural designer Charles Rutherfoord has left the precision of his day job behind to create a plantsman’s paradise on what was a bramble infested plot in London’s Clapham.

Spectacular in spring, over 2,500 tulips create jewel-like carpets of colour enhanced by the luxuriant shades of tree peonies and a dazzling Judas tree. Exotic echiums from the Canary Islands thrive in the sheltered surroundings and buzz with bees, while Coronilla valentina and honeysuckle flood the garden with fragrance. Join Charles and his partner, Rupert Tyler (a Trustee of the National Garden Scheme) in their garden at 51 The Chase for a virtual visit.

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