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Garden of rooms

The Fuchsia garden in September © Nick Daly

The garden is divided into a series of ‘outdoor rooms’, each with its own character. The formality of the ‘rooms’ melts away as you move through the garden away from the house.

Cutting the hedges

The Fuchsia garden in September © Nick Daly

We spend up to 4 days a week for seven months of the year cutting the 4.5mls of garden hedges. Our gardeners do all the cutting by eye, making it even more impressive a feat.

In the garden this spring...

  • Don't miss the magnolias flowering in March
  • Wander down to the stream gardens and see the snowdrops
  • The hellebores always put on a great display
  • Will you be the first to spot a swallow in the garden?
  • Keep an eye out for frogspawn in the lily pool

Who was the Quiet American?

Lawrence Johnston, an American ex-soldier, created the garden at Hidcote. Find out about this courteous and hospitable man, who narrowly escaped death in the First World War.

Plants from around the world

Passion for plants

The Old Garden at Hidcote, Gloucestershire © Brian & Nina Chapple

You'll see a richness and diversity of plants from around the world at Hidcote. Lawrence Johnston was passionate about plants. He went to endless trouble and expense to find unusual varieties that would bring colour, scent, shape and texture to the garden.

Plant hunting

Take in the scents of the Bathing Pool garden © Paul Harris

Johnston travelled a lot, visiting places as diverse as the Alps, South Africa and China. He also exchanged plants with gardeners in far-flung countries from Australia to Japan. He carefully selected only the finest plants for his garden.

Johnston's plants

Hidcote lavender in full bloom © Nick Meers

For all you plant lovers, here are just a few of the plants named after Johnston or Hidcote:

  • Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote'
  • Hypericum 'Hidcote Gold'
  • Dianthus 'Hidcote Red'
  • Fuchsia 'Hidcote Beauty'
  • Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote Pink'

What, no labels?

Lawrence Johnston's Hidcote was private and secluded, not a botanical show garden. To keep his spirit alive, very few of the plants are labelled today.