Dyffryn Gardens' South front revival

The Great Lawn and fountain

As part of Dyffryn’s garden revival project the South Front of the house will undergo a dramatic change in 2019. The Historic garden restoration will return the proportions of the Edwardian garden and link the house and gardens back together.

Using photographs, newspaper articles and paintings we have a good idea of how the South Front would have looked in its heyday in the 1920s. We will be using these to restore the gardens as accurately as possible.

The project will include:

  • Turf renovation of the sunken lawn
  • Removing and replanting the Yew trees surrounding the sunken lawn
  • Re-adjusting the size of the beds
  • Replanting the NE corner of the croquet lawn


The Fastigiate Yews surrounding the sunken lawn will be removed and replaced with Common Yew. Fastigiated Yews form for around 20 to 30 years and then over time will become outgrown. The trees were originally intended to be neat columns so replacing them with Common Yew will allow us to topiarise them in this form indefinitely.

The original shrubberies on the corners of the croquet lawn featured an incredibly diverse collection of small trees and shrubs. The seven original shrubberies are now dominated by just a few plants, for example an American  Western Red Cedar currently dominates the north east corner North East corner. These will be all be removed later through 2019 and returned to the original seven beds greatly expanding the plant collection in this area and the seasonal interest.

Some examples include;

  • Hydrangea
  • Rhododendron
  • Enkianthus
  • Heptocodium
  • Viburnum
  • Indigofora
  • Hamamelis
  • Fothergilla
  • Fuchsia
  • Desmodium
  • Aesculus
  • Stewartia
  • Euonymus

Naturally due to the scale of the project there may be times when the work becomes noisy and disruptive. We endeavour to complete the work with as little impact on our visitors as possible. Please check our website and social media accounts for advanced warning notes.