Our winning gardens of 2017 are…

Best in each street

Bridge Place & Reid Terrace (H) ~ 25 Reid Terrace ~ Interesting circular shaped garden, well kept, good mix of plants and stone

Reid Terrace (L) & Hugh Miller Place (L) ~ 7 Reid Terrace ~ Much work has lifted this garden into a charming area with careful placement of shrubs and painted fence drawing it all together.

Hugh Miller (H) & Rintoul Place (H) ~ 19 Hugh Miller Place ~ Well established and maintained pretty garden – the eye is drawn to sunny, sheltered paved corner.

Rintoul Place (L) & Colville Place (L) ~ 8 Rintoul Place ~ A charming garden – tidy and well-planted with spring flowers – bluebells, forget-me-nots etc

Colville Place (H) & Collins Place (H) ~ 30 Collins Place ~  difficult garden space to deal with next to busy road – flowers at the top of stairs and pansies on windowsill. Garden full of interest and different shrub textures sheltering the sitting-out area.

Collins Place (L) & Balmoral Place (H) ~ 3 Collins Place ~ A secret, well thought out garden design, full of colourful tulips in pots. The shed and wood store were items of interest and blended in attractively, the bins were not prominent and the seating area was private but maximising the sunshine. (A contender for winning garden)

Balmoral Place (L) & Dunrobin Place (H) ~ 29 Dunrobin Place ~ Well designed and laid out garden. Colourful plants in pots around circular paved area. Archway added interest and intrigue.

Dunrobin Place (L) & Teviotdale Place (H) ~ 18 Teviotdale Place ~ Well-tended garden filled with interest and spring colour. Rather a secret garden with private sitting out area – flowering plants at door.

Teviotdale Place (L) & Avondale Place (H) ~ 19 Avondale Place ~ Well grouped shrubs – thoughtful placing of shrubs with height at the back. Sheltered seating area and colourful tulips in pots placed around the benches with rose arbour above the seats.

Avondale Place (L) & Kemp Place (H) ~ 18 Kemp Place ~ Well tended and neat garden. Established shrubs and colour added with flowering cherry and clematis.

Kemp Place (L) & Bell Place (H) ~ 27 Bell Place ~ Eye-catching tulips set among young shrubs – shape of lawn softened by curved edges. Bins neatly placed out of the way in separate area.

Bell Place (L) & Glenogle Place, Ho, Terrace ~ 4 Glenogle Terrace (see below)

Most improved garden ~ 6 Collins Place ~ The garden is neat and tidy, the beds filled with pink/purple tulips – very cheerful and colourful. Peonies and alliums scattered in the flowerbeds – good succession planting! Bins well-hidden and painted to match front door and the gate – all helping to make the garden a pleasure to look at

Best Colonies garden  2017 ~  4 Glenogle Terrace ~ A delightful garden, neat and tidy with colourful border running the full length – obviously much loved. The shed and bins melted into the background because of sympathetic painting. The height of the wall could have overshadowed the garden but, thanks to the many coloured creepers and clematis, the whole atmosphere was warm and welcoming.

See the Stockbridge Colonies Facebook page for photos of the winning gardens.

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OUR WINNING GARDENERS and many thanks to our judge for her time and skill in selecting the best of 2017.

Happy gardening, everyone!