WALK into Lesley Griffith’s secluded garden at Meltham and the instant impression is of calm and tranquility.
Lesley has a busy working life in personnel for supermarket giant, Morrisons. Her garden offers a perfect antidote to all that bustle – somewhere to relax and wind down.
“It is really calm out here and I like the feeling of privacy created by the hedging of climbers,” said Lesley.
“I just find that gardens are my escape.”
Lesley, who has a daughter at university, has gardened in Meltham for about eight years.
“Every year I try and extend it more in terms of planting and structure,” she said.
For that all important hedging, Lesley has used climbers, many of them fragrant and offering all year round evergreen structure.
There are roses, a Lesley favourite, heavily scented jasmine and splashes of colourful clematis.
Lesley has used a restrained colour palette of pastels and white - the flowering climbers’ subtle colours echoed in the blue-grey leaves of twin eucalyptus.
Much of the herbaceous planting offers soft, feathery foliage which compliment perfectly the subtle hues of the pale green woodwork and the delicate fragrance from thymes, lavender and roses.