An urban cottage garden with roses galore, irises, dogwoods and pops of perennial colour abound in this charming urban quarter-acre garden.

31 Opaki Road


Sales available

Tended to lovingly for the past 15 years by self-taught gardeners Nick and Verity Adcock, they were drawn to the site by the house – a 1920s bungalow. The laurel hedge that borders the northern side is from the same era.

Expect to see plenty of roses – around 40 varieties, including Fruhlings Gold a 1937 german Kordes pale yellow rose that Nick says smells like warm honey.

You’ll find Souvenir de Mme Leonie Viennot, one of the earliest flowering tea roses, gracing the archway that leads you into the back garden.

Verity loves to create contrasts through foliage which you’ll see along the herbaceous borders with big leaved hostas neighbouring rustcoloured heucheras.

The influence of English country gardens can be seen at Glengarry – with delicate ornamentals like irises and delphiniums standing tall among the darker greens of a camellia hedge.

A small but highly productive area of the garden shows what’s possible to grow in a small area: two varieties of apple are espaliered and are vigorous producers, as well as a plum tree, a quince and a dwarf naval orange.

While Nick and Verity have been on many a garden tour, this is their first time opening Glengarry to the public.

A selection of propagated plants from the garden will be for sale.