Soak up the sun in the garden
The garden in the summer is filled with colour, from the abundance of pastels in the Rill Garden to the riot of reds and oranges in the Hot Border, to the cool greens in the shady Fern Glade.
One of the first things you see as you arrive is the pictorial meadow in front of Visitor Reception. The blend of native and non-native annuals in this bed was selected for its vibrant mix of flowers. Some of the flowers are cultivated varieties and will not come ‘true to type’ if left to seed, which is why a new batch will need to be sown each year to ensure that the display is of a high standard. If you'd like to try and create your own pictorial meadow at home, you can buy the seed mix from the shop.
The walled garden where the small stream (or rill) runs through the centre is certainly wowing; the mix of annuals, perennials and roses present a fragrant patchwork of pastel hues. Over the coming weeks, regular deadheading, mowing, weeding and edging will keep this section of the garden looking at its best.
The Hot Border
At the bottom of the terraces the Hot Border is aflame with red and orange flowering plants such as salvias and lilies. This border was planted with fiery colours as it is the border seen from Rupert D'Oyly Carte's room, and he loved these colours.
The wall bordering the lawn next to the house is a south-facing raised border, filled with a selection of plants from the Mediterranean, South Africa and the west coast of America. Lavender, sun roses, rosemary, Star of the Veldt (Osteospermum), agapanthus, euryops and gaura (a herbaceous plant with graceful stems of white flowers) are all flourishing here.