Relax in the garden at Packwood House this autumn

The view through the 18th-century gate to the Avenue of Giant Yews at Packwood House, Warwickshire

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.

As the leaves on the trees are slowly starting to change colour and the last of the summer roses have lost their heady scent and delicate colour the garden team at Packwood turn their attention towards the shorter days and cooler evenings of autumn. We may have left summer behind but there’s still a whole host of beautiful things to see in the gardens.

View of the house from the raised terrace at Packwood
View of the house from the raised terrace at Packwood

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 adorn 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.

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

Autumn highlights

As you head through the gates to the house this autumn make sure you take a look at the borders either side which are filled with ‘glow in the dark’ asters which shine out from beyond their dark tinted leaves and the majestic pampas grass with its tall feathery white flower plumes which stand out against the dark red of the brick. 

Flanking the entrance to the house you will see an abundance of bright yellow berries from the Asian firethorn and surrounding the entrance to the south court you will see the beautiful tea rose which flowers from spring until the first frost. The herbaceous borders are full of Michaelmas daisies which have lovely bright lavender flowers and the raised terrace borders are bursting with salvias with colours ranging from rich reds to the deepest pinks.

Late evening in the garden at Packwood House
The garden at Packwood House, Warwickshire.

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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