Passion for plants

Hypericum in the wall

Plant hunting trips around the world made sure that Hidcote had variety, colour and scent throughout the garden.


Lawrence Johnston created the garden at Hidcote and was passionate about plants. He went to endless trouble and expense to find unusual varieties that would bring colour, scent, shape and texture to the garden.

He travelled a lot, visiting faraway places like the Alps, South Africa and China. He also exchanged plants with gardeners in far-flung countries from Australia to Japan. He carefully selected only the finest varieties to bring back to Hidcote.

Over the years many plants have been named after Johnston or Hidcote – in recognition of his talent and plantsmanship.  Examples still in cultivation today:
•Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote'
•Hypericum 'Hidcote Gold'
•Dianthus 'Hidcote Red'
•Fuchsia 'Hidcote Beauty'
•Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote Pink'