The garden at Castle Drogo

Close up of autumn leaves on tree

Created over 100 years ago by Sir Edwin Lutyens and George Dillistone this terrace garden was carved out of granite. There's something of interest to see in all seasons.

Autumn opening 

The Garden will have limited opening throughout the winter as part of the wider countryside walks. Parking is limited, so if the car park is full please come back another time. 

Autumn Highlights 

As the summer colour comes to an end the trees and shrubs start to put on a show, with bright oranges and reds creating an array of autumn colour. 

The Shrubbery 

George Dillistone designed and planted the shrubbery in 1924 with plants bought from Veitch Nurseries; many of the original trees and shrubs are still thriving today. The shrubbery has trees and shrubs chosen with rich autumn colours so it's a great place to wander throughout the changing season. 


The four arbours, one in each corner of the garden, each have four Persian Ironwood trees, Parrotia persica. During the autumn the leaves of the Persian Ironwoods turn from a vibrant green to a brilliant gold, before dropping over the winter. Every year the garden team prune the trees taking over a week to complete each arbour. The garden may be begining to rest but there's still plenty of work to be done. 

Herbaceous borders

250 metres of exuberant herbaceous borders wrap around the middle terrace.  Today the garden team create borders with high impact, a long season of interest and vibrant colours, reflective of the historic planting plans drawn up in the 1920’s by George Dillistone, a highly respected plantsman with a passion for bearded iris and lilies.
These borders take a lot of annual work and the garden team constantly analyse, plan, split and divide, relocate and add new varieties. The team have had less time to work on these tasks over the last few months but the boarders are still full of colour and interest. 

The Bunty House

Every child dreams of a play house of their very own.  The Drewe’s realised this and the Bunty House with its own suburban front garden was set in the wooded outskirts of the croquet lawn.