Take a look around a classic garden in Kent

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This garden, divided by an 18th-century brick wall, contains various rooms within it. The blend of formal and practical, with a structured lawn, maze and Yew Court, next to a vegetable garden and miniature meadow, bring added charm to a classical look.

1/10 Classic garden

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2/10 Garden maze

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The controlled maze, which gives the garden its formal air, is softened by relaxed planting. The vivid colours help to contrast with the mass of green, as does a weathered statue in the centre, which also acts as a focal point.

3/10 Secret garden

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The cutting garden, which is housed in the less formal side of the garden, is filled with colourful plants. Lupins, kniphofia and valerian are just some of the plants offering contrasting colours of pink and yellows.

4/10 Garden wall

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The original garden wall from the 18th century runs the entire length of the garden, dividing the ordered side of the garden from the more relaxed and practical elements. This wall also provides shade for a number of plants that wouldn't thrive in the full glare of the sun.

5/10 Structured garden pond

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This formal pond was based on the design of a Queen Anne mirror. A Victorian statue of mercury and a gothic-style arch, which almost a frames the pond, transform this water feature into a regal statement.

6/10 Formal garden lawn

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The oversized clipped topiary of the Yew Court gives this space an almost cartoon-like look. It adds a sense of fun to the garden, while still remaining a traditional garden space.

7/10 Classic garden greenhouse

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The greenhouse was lovingly restored from the remains of a Victorian melon house. The mix of materials used here, different types of exposed brick and stone, plus metal and wooden beams, bring a real sense of authenticity to the look. Now, cacti and other garden plants flourish within this protected environment.

8/10 Curved garden path

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Just outside the greenhouse, a garden path leads the way out to the vegetable patch and cutting garden. Rambling plants, which cascade onto the path, act to lessen the structured nature of its borders.

9/10 Garden allotment

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An old apple tree provides cooling shade in the lush vegetable garden. Evenly spaced, slightly raised plant boxes house collections of fruits and vegetables, for an easily manageable design.

10/10 Shaded garden dining area

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Set aside from the main garden, this small paved area, with a collection of weathered garden furniture, has become a relaxed place to sit and eat, or simply admire the garden.

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Tamara was Ideal Home's Digital Editor before joining the Woman & Home team in 2022. She has spent the last 15 years working with the style teams at Country Homes & Interiors and Ideal Home, both now at Future PLC. It’s with these award wining interiors teams that she's honed her skills and passion for shopping, styling and writing. Tamara is always ahead of the curve when it comes to interiors trends – and is great at seeking out designer dupes on the high street.