The English Garden


It is a short stroll from Highgate tube station to Mona Abboud’s home in North London. As you approach her 1930s terraced house on a quiet residential road, a huge grevillea and a parasol-pruned phillyrea in the small front garden signal a horticultural treat in store. You might also spot some olearias, a topiarised corokia and a Pistacia lentiscus before Mona herself appears at the door, bursting with energy and keen to show you the main garden at the back.

Mona, who is of Lebanese extraction, is a classical singer by profession. She has gardened x ‘Red Wonder’. This proved to be the beginning of a love affair with the genus and she now holds the National Collection, which she has woven into a broader framework of complementary shrubs, perennials and grasses.

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