Floral fusion: an English spring with Asian inspiration

Daffodils in the sarcophagus at Polesden Lacey

This year, our spring floral displays at Polesden Lacey has been inspired by Maggie’s frequent trips to Asia in the 1920s and 1930s. From 18 April – 3 May, delight at the colourful flowers around the gardens and inside the house.

Around the gardens

Spring has sprung in the formal gardens and it looks beautiful. 

In 2016, the gardeners redesigned the spring borders that flank the path to Garden Cottage. As spring comes into swing, these beds bloom with classic Irises, Glory-of-the-snow, Spring snowflake, Alliums, Grape hyacinth, and Dog’s tooth violets, reawakening the garden with a fanfare of colour.

The house border planting scheme is full of tulips, grape hyacinths, ivy, pansies and forget-me-nots in shades of blue and white, inspired by the colours of traditional Chinese porcelain. 

Look around the formal gardens to spot the ‘Asian inspiration’ – our gardeners have highlighted some of their favourite plants that have been introduced to England from Asia, such as winter jasmine and wisteria. 

In the house

Our volunteer florist team have outdone themselves this year, creating gorgeous Asian-inspired displays throughout the house. See beautiful blooms in every room: on tables, in fireplaces, even in the sarcophagus in the South Corridor. 

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