Hugh Thomas has been head gardener at LMC since 2012. Prior to that he ran a successful gardening company specialising in the care of large private gardens and the design and installation of new gardens and planting schemes.
Since being at Little Malvern Court Hugh has been instrumental in rejuvenating the stream garden and the redesigned cascades, as well as a host of more subtle changes designed to refresh and enliven the garden.
What feels like a more traditional English summer continues: some rain, a short hot-spell, but otherwise warm sunny spells. The rain we’ve had has made for excellent growing conditions and the grass is loving it: green and growing quickly. The downside is having to mow twice a week.
Hydrangeas. I now count these amongst my favourite shrubs. There are so many more varieties than the liquorice-allsort pink and blue mopheads. I have added many to the garden in recent years: Serratas, paniculatas, quercifolias and asperas all have their own individual qualities and a wide colour range. July is the month they really start to zing, and they will go on flowering right through to autumn. You can never have too many!
The rose garden is still very colourful. The roses have lasted longer this year despite the early start and there seems to be a good few weeks left even for the varieties that only flower once. We hope to see you in our garden from June 10th onwards.