Hertfordshire There's a new entry to my notional and ever-changing list of Top Ten Gardens That I've Ever Visited: Tom Stuart Smith's garden in Hertfordshire. It was open for the Yellow Book a couple of weeks ago and a £7 donation to charity bought the opportunity to see the private garden of one

Hertfordshire There's a new entry to my notional and ever-changing list of Top Ten Gardens That I've Ever Visited: Tom Stuart Smith's garden in Hertfordshire. It was open for the Yellow Book a couple of weeks ago and a £7 donation to charity bought the opportunity to see the private garden of one

Tom Stuart-Smith garden design:  Love the round box balls underplanted with, possibly, crocosmia.  Just gorgeous.

The gardens of Tom Stuart-Smith - in pictures

Tom Stuart-Smith garden design: Love the round box balls underplanted with, possibly, crocosmia. Just gorgeous.

Hertfordshire There's a new entry to my notional and ever-changing list of Top Ten Gardens That I've Ever Visited: Tom Stuart Smith's garden in Hertfordshire. It was open for the Yellow Book a couple of weeks ago and a £7 donation to charity bought the opportunity to see the private garden of one

Hertfordshire There's a new entry to my notional and ever-changing list of Top Ten Gardens That I've Ever Visited: Tom Stuart Smith's garden in Hertfordshire. It was open for the Yellow Book a couple of weeks ago and a £7 donation to charity bought the opportunity to see the private garden of one

Creating two levels of hedging by underplanting the raised hedge is a nice twist on the stilted hedge that has become popular with garden designers in recent years.    Here we see a formal low-clipped boxwood hedge under the raised hedge of Photinia x fraseri 'Red Robin'. Both are evergreen, creating great year-round interest.

Creating two levels of hedging by underplanting the raised hedge is a nice twist on the stilted hedge that has become popular with garden designers in recent years. Here we see a formal low-clipped boxwood hedge under the raised hedge of Photinia x fraseri 'Red Robin'. Both are evergreen, creating great year-round interest.

Rhus typhina & hakonechloa macra nicolas - Tom Stuart-Smith garden detail

Rhus typhina & hakonechloa macra nicolas - Tom Stuart-Smith garden detail

Tom Stuart-Smith's meadow in bloom. Plants growing in the grounds include Dianthus carthusianorum, Echinacea paradoxa, Penstemon cobaea and Penstemon barbatus subsp. coccineus.

How to sow your own exotic meadow

Tom Stuart-Smith's meadow in bloom. Plants growing in the grounds include Dianthus carthusianorum, Echinacea paradoxa, Penstemon cobaea and Penstemon barbatus subsp. coccineus.

Chelsea 2008 | Tom Stuart-Smith, the meandering path creates a cottage like whimsical, relaxed feel. Tranquility is also provided by the matching water features. water elements, pond, pathway

Chelsea 2008 | Tom Stuart-Smith, the meandering path creates a cottage like whimsical, relaxed feel. Tranquility is also provided by the matching water features. water elements, pond, pathway

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