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.

This summer and autumn Hughenden’s garden display has taken inspiration from the peacock. Disraeli kept three of these exotic birds in the grounds. Senior Gardener, Piers Horry, has designed a tall annual display representing a peacock’s tail feathers using a vibrant array of green, blue, violet and indigo plants. The cascading fountain and brazier on the parterre will be mounted by a figure of a peacock as a final addition. Take a stroll through the gardens or relax on the deck chairs with a cool drink to admire the spectacle.