Xa Tollemache has been designing gardens since 1996, and has worked in London as well as the United States, Europe and Scandinavia. Although many of her projects are traditional in theme, each has its own character, designed to fit in with the surrounding landscape and architecture:

I dont think of myself as having a particular style, she says. But I use the influence of the house, landscape and the lives of the people living there as the start button for the design that will follow. Planting gets the same treatment but I use successful plant combinations that I have experimented with in my own garden. My style is classic contemporary.

Projects range from small courtyard gardens to large estates, and include the Millennium Garden at Castle Hill in Devon, new boarders at Dunbeath Castle in Scotland, and the Cloister Garden at Wilton House near Sailisbury. Xas own Garden at Helmingham Hall in Suffolk, which she has extensively redesigned over 25 years, is open to the public from May to September.