Each area of the garden has its own palette of colour in keeping with how it is used. The changing seasons have their impact and in high summer we probably have the broadest range of colour throughout the whole garden and estate with the Cedar Garden providing a heart warming surprise of all colours of the rainbow, as you enter under the rose arch.
Second comes the Lavender Garden, with calm, subtle hues of blue, white, cream and mauve. This area has been developed recently with more planting and is blooming better than ever, with a temporary stone mandala now set in the lawn.
Then there is the large meadow, which shifts from yellow and white in the Spring to blue, pink, more yellow and purple through the summer, right up until mowing time.
The new, small wildflower bed in the car park under the solar panel has given us splashes of bright colour since it bloomed ready for the NGS day. Which brings us to the front entrance and the cheery sight of the large tubs, filled to the brim with colourful and welcoming bedding plants – all set against the restorative backdrop of the sloping lawns, estate woodland and views to the rolling countryside. Perfection!
Apologies for other areas of the garden not mentioned here. From Brights Patch, to the Inner Courtyard; the Well Garden, new hedges and the latest – as yet unnamed – area with lovely view to Leigh Court, bordered by a yew hedge (the spot where, until last year, the magnificent old Cedar tree stood), it’s no wonder the Photo Collection is so huge!