Despite their Asian origins, there is something so English about roses that they have become the cornerstone of many of our gardens, large and small.

There are perhaps none so evocative, or heart stoppingly beautiful, as old roses. Join Victoria Nye, owner of Cadenham Manor, where over 70 varieties of old roses cascade and climb:

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Entering the gates of this quirky cottage and straight away you can see there is something special.

Over the years Debbie Simpson and her husband John renovated and extended the once derelict Highfield Cottage in Driffield, in the East Riding of Yorkshire. With it’s tranquil stream-side setting, bluebell walk and beautiful borders it’s the topiary that has been at the heart of the garden plan.

“Our aim was to blend the two, house and garden, harmoniously, and not to lose any of the topiary that had taken so long to shape,” says Debbie. Join her now for a teaser of topiary … and read on below for some top tips on keeping your topiary tip top!

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The heart of London’s Westminster, within a few minutes walk of Victoria Station, is not where you would expect to find a large verdant garden filled with spectacular plants.

But that is exactly what lies waiting to be discovered in Eccleston Square. Join distinguished plantsman Roger Phillips and National Garden Scheme CEO, George Plumptre, for a glimpse into this London oasis:

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Perched on a rise in the gloriously rural countryside of south Herefordshire, the garden of Brockhampton Cottage has been created in the last 21 years to maximise the quality of its setting.

Its owner, Peter Clay, a Trustee of the National Garden Scheme, has been joined in parts of the garden’s creation by his friend Tom Stuart-Smith, the renowned garden designer and together they have created a scene where the details of planting are the foreground to panoramic views south and west towards the Golden Valley and the Welsh hills.

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This pretty five acre garden outside the historic village of Lavenham in Suffolk has been revived over the last ten years by current owners Anthony Faulkner and his sculptor wife, Kate Denton.

Much of the garden was originally set out in the 1880s by William Biddell who planted many of the now established trees but the family money dried up and the place slowly fell into disrepair. “It was a case of archaeology,” says Anthony. “Finding the old flower beds and plants, cutting them back, augmenting them – it’s been enormous fun and very satisfying.”

Enjoy a gentle tour of the gardens and Kate’s wonderful sculptors and make a date to return when the gardens reopen:

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