The Orchard at Oxburgh Hall

The blazing colours of the medlar trees in the Orchard © June Moy

The blazing colours of the medlar trees in the Orchard

The main entrance to Oxburgh's garden is through a turret in the wall surrounding the old kitchen garden. In Victorian times this would've supplied fruit, vegetables and cut flowers to the house.

What you see now, however, as you walk through, is an orchard. In the last two years we've planted many local varieties of apples and pears, plus two quinces, in the central area. We're turning the space around the apple trees into a wildflower meadow.

Wallflowers

You can see pears and a few flowering shrubs trained on the walls. The two oldest trees in the orchard, halfway down the west wall, are medlars.

At the top of the orchard, where the old peach house stood, is a mixed border of shrubs and flowers with a mostly pastel colour scheme. This is known as the Cistus Border, named after the kind of flowering shrubs you'll see there.