Planting the terrace borders

Tulips in the garden at Kingston Lacy

The formal garden at Kingston Lacy is a tranquil paradise of manicured lawns and symmetrical flower borders. The history behind the planting schemes informs much of the work the gardening team at Kingston Lacy do today.

When William John Bankes engaged Sir Charles Barry to remodel the house as an Italian palace, he created the south terrace out of Chilmark stone. Today you can imagine yourself emerging from the house and being met with the stunning vista of the expansive lawns.

Following her marriage into the family in 1897, Henrietta Bankes embellished the garden adding her own projects to reflect the latest style in landscaping. Henrietta introduced the red borders either side of the steps to enhance the colour of the pink marble lioness.

Not many offices boast a view like this one
Mowing the lawns at Kingston Lacy, Dorset

The planting scheme follows the seasons, from vibrant red and orange tulips in the spring to loud red dahlias in the summer.

When you come to see your favourite flowers and blooms, you help us make Kingston Lacy a garden for every season.

Video

Planting the terrace borders

Watch here as Kingston Lacy gardener, Chris, explains how the terrace borders are looked after from summer through to spring.