Local Garden Wonders: Simple Ideas You Can Borrow for Your Garden

Local Garden Wonders: Simple Ideas You Can Borrow for Your Garden

March 5, 2024

Let’s face it, peeking over the fence to admire the neighbour’s garden is a British pastime almost as popular as talking about the weather. But why settle for garden envy when Lincolnshire’s public gardens offer an abundance of ideas ready to be adapted for your own piece of paradise? From historical elegance to contemporary chic, ALS Landscaping in Lincoln takes a look into some of Lincolnshire’s horticultural highlights and discovers simple yet effective ideas to spruce up your garden.

Doddington Hall & Gardens – A Blend of History and Horticulture

Nestled in the heart of Lincolnshire, Doddington Hall is a beacon of Elizabethan grandeur, not just for its architecture but for its meticulously curated gardens that seamlessly blend historical charm with modern gardening finesse. 

Idea to Borrow : The Elizabethan Walled Garden

OK so your garden might not date back to the 1600s, but size dependent, introducing a walled section can create a secluded haven, perfect for those seeking a private space to unwind. Consider using climbing plants over trellises to mimic the walled effect or planting a hedge as a nod to the topiary of yesteryear. It’s a subtle way to say, “Yes please”, to a bit of Tudor opulence in your life.

If you’re not sure ‘how’ the walled section will look, or if it will work, why not take advantage of our 3D Landscape Design Service? It’s the only way you’re guaranteed to be able to ‘see’ the finished project, before work starts.

Easton Walled Gardens – Lost and Found Beauty

The story of Easton Walled Gardens reads like a fairytale; once lost under a thicket of overgrowth, today it stands as a testament to the beauty of restoration and the charm of English gardens. 

Idea to Borrow: Wildflower Meadows

Creating a wildflower meadow is like painting with nature, allowing splashes of colour to brighten up even the smallest of spaces. Start by selecting native wildflower seeds to ensure they thrive in your garden’s conditions. Not only will you be rewarded with a dazzling display of colours, but you’ll also be doing your bit for local wildlife, offering a buffet for bees and butterflies. Plus, there’s something quite magical about having your own slice of a meadow to wander through on a summer’s evening.

We’ve got some great advice in our Wildlife Wonders blog to help you get started.

Normanby Hall Country Park – A Dose of Victorian Elegance

With its sprawling parklands and a Victorian Walled Garden that could easily be the setting for a period drama, Normanby Hall Country Park offers a glimpse into the horticultural heritage of the 19th century. 

Idea to Borrow: Fruit and Veg Patches

Following the Victorians’ preference for self-sufficiency can start with a small patch dedicated to fruits and vegetables. There’s a certain satisfaction to be had from plucking a ripe tomato straight from the vine or unearthing a carrot from the soil you’ve looked after. Plus, in a world where farm-to-table is all the rage, you can’t get much closer than garden-to-plate. Starting with easy-to-grow veggies like lettuces, radishes, and herbs can also be a fun way to involve children in gardening, teaching them where their food comes from. We discussed this in more detail in our blog Grow Your Own Financial Relief. And even if you ‘think’ your outdoor space is too small, you’ll be surprised how much you can grow in raised beds.

Gunby Estate, Hall and Gardens – A Canvas of Colour

Last, but by no means least, Gunby Hall, with its eight acres of Victorian walled gardens, is a masterclass in creating year-round interest with thoughtful planting schemes. 

Idea to Borrow: Seasonal Colour Themes

The secret to a garden that remains visually captivating throughout the year lies in selecting a variety of plants that peak at different times. Consider spring bulbs like tulips and daffodils, followed by summer blooms such as lavender and roses, and then autumnal hues from foliage plants. Winter interest can be added with evergreens and berries. This approach ensures that your garden evolves with the seasons, providing a constantly changing backdrop to your outdoor activities. It’s about creating a living calendar that marks time with blooms rather than dates.

For more inspiration of what’s possible, visit our Projects page.


Incorporating elements from Lincolnshire’s public gardens into your own space doesn’t require a grand estate or a hefty budget. With a bit of creativity and a willingness to experiment, you can borrow these ideas to enhance your garden’s appeal and functionality. Whether it’s the secluded charm of an Elizabethan walled garden, the vibrant tapestry of a wildflower meadow, the practical beauty of a Victorian veg patch, or the seasonal spectacle of a well-planned planting scheme, there’s inspiration to be found in Lincolnshire’s green spaces.

By borrowing ideas from Lincolnshire’s garden gems, you’re not just enhancing your outdoor space; you’re weaving a bit of the county’s rich horticultural tapestry into the fabric of your own garden. And who knows? Maybe one day, it’ll be your garden inspiring others to embark on their horticultural journey. 

As always, if you need help to turn your dream garden into a reality, contact us today!

Local Garden Wonder Victorian-Inspired Fruit and Veg Patch in a landscape format, featuring a charming and productive fruit and vegetable garden patch with raised beds filled with ripe tomatoes, carrots, lettuces, and herbs.


How can I create a wildflower meadow in a very small garden?

Even the smallest of spaces can host a wildflower patch. Choose a sunny spot and prepare the soil by clearing away existing vegetation. Opt for a pre-mixed wildflower seed pack suitable for your soil type. Remember, wildflowers thrive in nutrient-poor soil, so avoid enriching the area with compost.

What are some easy vegetables to start with for a beginner?

Beginners should look for vegetables that are forgiving and quick to produce results. Salad leaves, radishes, spring onions, and herbs like basil and mint are great starters. They don’t require much space and can even be grown in containers.

Can I have colour in my garden during winter?

Absolutely! Look for plants that offer winter interest. Evergreens, winter-flowering plants like Hellebores, and structural elements like ornamental grasses can keep your garden looking lively during the colder months.

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