“Tony and Marie Newton’s garden, in the West Midlands, is on a slightly sloping sloping sunny site. They have made a garden like no other. It is comprised of a number of rooms of varying styles all with a common thread of colour, and lots of it. The garden is based on a triad of colours: blue, red and yellow.
Conifers and Acers are the main stay of the garden. The garden is only made possible because of Tony’s relentless pruning. In order to get the vivid new growth Tony cuts all the Acers and conifers back extremely hard. This is a long job as the garden has many hundreds of plants but it produces the most spectacular spring climax, truly a riot of colour but from hardy plants and with only a helping hand from bedding.
This garden demonstrates that conifers can be colourful, controllable, worthwhile additions to even the smallest of gardens.”
Tim Sharples, Head Judge