Having moved to their new home in Offenham in June 2009, Sheila & Adrian James have created a new garden there from scratch.  They now open the garden on specific dates under the NGS (yellow book), and by arrangement for small group visits from which donations to local charities are made from money raised.

Please contact us with your enquiries about small group visits.

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Autumn/Winter 2014

'black grass' Ophiopogon 'Nigrescens'Autumn has slipped by since the last update, and we are now in the depths of winter here at Langdale.

Building a garden from scratch and planting it up are simply the first steps in the development of a garden.  Time has to play its part too.  While for the most part progess is quietly incremental, once in a while you get a step change and last autumn was one such at Langdale.  For me this marked a turning point in the development of the garden, it started to feel like a maturing garden instead of a newly built one.  I love the way the bleached heads of the grasses catch the warm sun in the blue border, and autumn simply glows from Cotinus ‘Grace’ (left).

Cotinus 'Grace'To me as a garden photographer a dusting of frost is always a delight in the garden, but I find it extraordinary the way frost really enhances certain plants.  For much of the year the black stemmed bamboo Phyllostachys nigra is a lovely thing, slender foliage rustling in a gentle breeze emphasizing the dark framework of its stems, but look how it is transformed by an early winter frost (right), offset beautifully by the “black grass” Ophiopogon ‘Nigrescens’.