Formal gardens in the North East
This part of the country has an abundance of gardens each with their own distinctive style. Coastal gardens, sweeping landscapes and formal parterres are just a selection. Here are a few of the formal elements you can discover in gardens across the North East.
The walled summer garden thrives by the sea on Holy Island. Designed to be viewed from Lindisfarne Castle by Gertrude Jekyll and located on the site of the vegetable path that once provided the soldiers in the castle with food. The garden is now a riot of colour in high summer especially and the air is filled with the scent of sweet peas.
Hidden behind high walls at the bottom of a tranquil valley is a delightful secret space. Using the area of the 18th century kitchen garden the borders are now ornamental and themed in a range of colours. Perfect to relax in or explore a little further it's a garden that delights once you've made the discovery.
The landscape at Gibside is grade 1 registered as a Georgian Forest Garden and the inner pleasure gardens cover 42 acres. In later years Victorian shubberies were added and it was one of the most popular gardens of the North East in its day often descibed as the 'Stowe of the North'.
During the summer months one of the most vibrant places in the the North East is under the glowing yellow laburnum arch in the gardens at Seaton Delaval. The formal parterre was designed by renown horticulturist and designer James Russell and is stunning with its hedged structure and use of ornaments and planting.
The formal garden at Cragside covers 3 acres and is laid out over 3 terraces with views across Coquetdale and Simonside. It is a magnificent example of a Victorian garden with seasonal bedding providing a colourful show. The glasshouse dates from the 1970s and is one of the largest surviving examples of its kind.
The pretty gardens at Washington Old Hall are set over 2 acres and can be enjoyed with a leisurely stroll. A selection of fruit trees, flowers and herbs are neatly framed by smart box hedging on the 17th century parterre at the ancestral home of George Washington that originates from the 12th century.
Set over 6 acres, the formal gardens at Ormesby hall reflects the symmetry of the architecture of the 18th century hall; one of the oldest existing formal mansion houses and gardens in Teesside. There are walks to explore the landscape and take in the views.