The formal garden at Hughenden

Mary Anne left diaries about her management of Hughenden. As well as the management of the Disraeli household she left notes about the garden design and even helped in achieving the effect she planned. As with her appearance and home, she adored to include vibrant colours.

Under Mary Anne Disraeli's enthusiastic instruction, the formal garden was redesigned at the same time as the house, in 1862. Her design shows an Italian influence, incorporating a pergola stretching the length of the house, enriched with classical statuary and urns from Florence and Venice. Using photographs from 1881, the National Trust has restored the gardens to reflect the taste and vision of its former owners, though sadly the iron pergola was lost to salvage during the war.

The Winter/Spring display is now in the parterre at Hughenden. The theme is Benjamin Disraeli’s coat of arms – this includes bulk planting of red, yellow, black and white beds: red beds contain heuchera, pansy and tulip bulbs yellow beds contain primroses, winter aconite and crown imperial bulbs black beds contain orphiopogon, ajuga, lothomyrtus shrubs and snowdrop bulbs white beds contain pansy, helebores and cineraria