A retired couple who have spent nearly four decades and thousands of pounds on their back garden have pictured it in stunning autumnal colours as the season turns.
Marie and Tony Newton, 31, have spent 37 years and more than £15,000 transforming their back garden in Walsall, West Midlands.
Tucked away in the industrial heartlands, the garden has been nicknamed ‘the four seasons’ due on account of its year-round appeal.
They claim to have planted more than 3,000 plants, trees and bushes, which include 450 azaleas, 120 Japanese maples and 15 juniper blue stars.
The couple, who have four grown-up children and four grandchildren, spend two hours a day lovingly maintaining the plants and bushes and have been awarded several accolades including Britain’s Best Garden.
Green-fingered Marie and Tony Newton, both 71, have spent 37 years and more than £15,000 transforming their back garden in Walsall, West Midlands into a beautiful oasis
As the season changes, the reds, yellows and oranges burst out in contrast with the green of the bushes and blue of the junipers
Their garden is a third of an acre, but is crammed with 450 azalea, 120 Japanese maples and 15 juniper blue stars
From above: The couple claim to have planted 3,000 plants, trees and bushes in their garden, which has won several accolades, including Britain’s Best Garden
The scale of the garden is visible in an aerial shot, which also reveals the bushes in the shape of an owl
Mrs Newton started tending the garden in 1982 after she retired from her job as a transport planner and taught herself horticulture as a hobby.
The couple have also inadvertently created what appears to be a huge image of an owl using the patio and flowerbeds which is only visible from above.
She said: ‘There are over 3,000 plants in our garden, so many I can’t even count.
‘It’s an all season garden so in autumn you see brilliant reds, oranges and yellows and in the spring the colours are equally as vivid and vibrant.
‘Autumn is my most favourite seasons for the garden. There will be azalea and acer leaves along with the evergreen conifers.
‘It has been very satisfying to use so many skills, and to have done every task ourselves. All but two of all the plants in our garden have been planted by us.
‘What is rather pleasing is an aerial photograph appears to show a face of an owl in the garden. This was never intended but a very lovely accident.’
Despite the extraordinary heavy rainfall in recent weeks, the incredibly dramatic colours of the autumn leaves are joining the beautiful apricot shade begonias that amazingly are still flowering in Walsall, West Midlands
Green-fingered Marie, 31, is pictured tending to the lawn, while her husband Tony works on the border bushes in Walsall
The couple, who have four grown-up children and four grandchildren, spend two hours a day lovingly maintaining the plants and bushes. Tony is pictured tending to his masterpiece garden
Old pictures from the 1980s show just how much work the couple have done to transform their muddy lawn and broken rockery into the wonderous creation it is today.
The garden has become so popular the couple’s home has even made it onto several unofficial tourist trails in the Black Country.
Mrs Newton added: ‘We’ve had over 14,000 people from 48 different countries come and visit our garden over the years which is just so touching.
‘Some Chinese students came to visit our garden and told us that it was used as an example in one of their lectures.
‘We spend around two hours a day in the garden but it can be more or less depending on the weather.
The plot totals just a third of an acre but is packed with as many as 3,000 different types of plants, trees and flowers
Marie and Tony’s garden in the industrial heartlands of Walsall, West Midlands, is nicknamed ‘four seasons’ on account of its year-round appeal. In autumn the colours include yellows, reds, oranges and purples
The garden has become so popular the couple’s home has even made it onto several unofficial tourist trails in the Black Country. Marie is pictured raking leaves up on her perfectly-kept lawn
The Newtons have also inadvertently created what appears to be a huge image of an owl using the patio and flowerbeds which is only visible from above
‘There is always something to do or a flower or shrub to tend. It has become quite an obsession.
‘We have grown some of the flowers ourselves from the seeds that have dropped from the other flowers.’
Retired GP Mr Newton added: ‘First we made it child friendly for our kids but as the years went by we moved on to planting and growing our own flowers and plants.
‘There has been a lot of trial and error to get the garden way it is now. A lot of our plants are now 30 years old or more.
‘We’ve got a vast amount of colour and plants all year around. We try and add to the garden every year but at this time of year it is simply glorious.’
Walking in an autumn wonderland! One of the paths is lined with stunning purple and blue trees in Walsall, West Midlands
Up close: The reds of the trees contrast with the remnants of the summer green to paint a stunning picture in the Newtons’ back garden
Their ‘four seasons’ garden is pictured in gorgeous autumnal bloom with red, yellow and orange flowers
The Newtons’ Walsall home is pictured through the red and green leaves of their garden as the season kicks in
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