Relax in the garden at Packwood House

Pink rose at Packwood

Packwood’s contemporary mingled style garden, with herbaceous borders, wildflower meadows and beautiful orchard is the perfect place to dream of carefree days. The gardens are noted for their exciting and colourful borders, unusual plants, bountiful Kitchen Garden and magnificent yew trees.

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.

On an average spring day the gardeners walk 8 miles mowing the grass
One of the gardeners mowing the grass behind a row of alliums

The Yew Garden

Follow the spiral path to get the best view of Packwood's famous 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. Please call the property before you visit to avoid disappointment.

Outdoor tapestries

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.

View of Packwood's flower border on a misty morning
View of Packwood's flower border on a misty September morning

The Kitchen Garden

The current Kitchen Garden owes much to the vision of the gardening team and a band of dedicated volunteers. Vegetables are planted in rows in beds around a central circular pool. Traditional rotation of crops is observed for best results and the produce is often to be found on the menu of Packwood’s café.

Visitors enjoying the Kitchen Garden at Packwood
Visitors enjoying the Kitchen Garden at Packwood

Summer highlight

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.

Explore the raised terrace borders at Packwood
The raised terrace borders at Packwood

Packwood's Tramper

The generous donation of a 'Tramper' from the Patrick Trust earlier this month is currently facilitating full access to Packwood’s park and gardens. Follow the link for more information on the Patrick Trust and how their kind donation is enabling visitors to explore all that Packwood has to offer.

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