Soak up the atmosphere on a misty morning in the gardens © John Miller

Soak up the atmosphere on a misty morning in the gardens

A landscape with drama and romance

From the early 18th century, British landscape gardeners had been creating gardens inspired by pictures, but by 1800 a backlash had set in. Critics considered the grassy vistas designed by Capability Brown too smooth and tidy. Scotney's picturesque garden is a last fling in this backlash style of gardening.

Scotney's garden is like a landscape painting with drama and romance. It has naturalistic planting which is seemingly untouched by human hand. The cloud-like planting of rhododendrons and azaleas creates a fairytale feel, with the ruins of the Old Castle at its centre. Wisteria and old English roses adorn its sandstone walls, whilst the surrounding herbaceous beds are always throwing out new colours throughout the seasons.

The new glade

A new glade has been created by the stream that feeds the moat. Relax in the dappled shade on one of the benches that were made by our volunteer carpenters.

Top tips for the season

  • Collect rainwater and then use it in your garden
  • Deadhead bedding plants and repeat flowering perennials, to ensure continuous flowering
  • Clear algae and debris from your ponds and keep them topped up