Relax in the garden at Packwood House
Packwood’s contemporary mingled style garden, with herbaceous borders, wildflower meadows and beautiful orchard is the perfect place to dream of carefree days.
During the summer months the gardens at Packwood burst into life with tender perennials filling the borders and the magnificent purple headed alliums line the pathways leading up to the yew garden. The wildflower meadows, full of cow slips, irises and buttercups start to attract bumblebees and fluttering butterflies to the gardens and from late June come and see the roses take centre stage with colours ranging from blush pink to dark red.
Last year was a difficult time for the garden team here at Packwood, Robyn, one of our gardeners has written a blog about the challenges they faced.
A spectacular array of flowers adorns the borders at Packwood, creating a wonderfully rich feast for the eyes - the perfect accompaniment to the beautiful tapestries inside. Packwood's flamboyant flower borders, renowned for their distinctive ‘mingled’ style has evolved through the hands of successive head gardeners. This ‘mingled’ style, which is labour intensive and requires a high level of skill, consists of small groups or single plants being repeated at intervals along the border creating a vivid tapestry of plants crammed closely together.
The Yew Garden
According to legend the yew trees at Packwood represent the ‘Sermon on the Mount’ and are over 350 years old. We have started a phased programme of rejuvenation to secure the future of this ancient and iconic topiary garden. The Yew Gardens here at Packwood are very fragile and sometimes have to be closed to protect them.
The borders at Packwood come alive during the summer months with a huge variety of flowers crammed along the terrace and wall borders. This great mass of flowers is known as the mingled style and was coined by Victorian horticulturalist John Claudius Loudon. This labour-intensive style, with many small groups of plants which require replacement as soon as they have flowered, means it is very hard to maintain and keeps the garden team very busy during the summer months.