The Battle of Waterloo may have been won here, various prime ministers, crowned heads and famous actors may have been educated here but gardening does not feature heavily in the prospectus.

I have revived three gardens at Eton College – the Provost’s Garden, the Fellows Garden and the King of Siam’s Garden. The latter was first made in 1929 when King Rama VII (an Old Etonian) paid for a garden to replace the Provost’s stables, eighty years later I was asked to give it a bit of rethink. These are the first few pictures…

This led on to replanting the next door Provost’s garden (which has an amazing wisteria) and then the long riverside borders of the Fellows Garden – which have repeating groups of one of my favourite roses – R.mutabilis which has flowers of pink and orange. The sort of colour combination that makes most people wince but, in reality, works beautifully in particular with spindly Valerian and a scattering of blue Geranium Rozanne.