Spring in the gardens at The Vyne
As the season unfolds, striking Princess Irene tulips, a light confetti of apple blossom and fire-cracking Ipomoea lobata will be on show to tempt even the most reluctant walker outdoors. Read on for our spring highlights in the gardens.
The images in this article are from previous years; come and see this year’s creative planting.
The central flowerbeds are set to bloom with tulips in rich shades of Purple Prince and ruby-red Princess Irene. The shape of some of the flowerbeds reflect the Grecian cross floorplan of the seventeenth-century summerhouse.
Planted at the beginning of May, the summer bedding will herald a season of fiery Ipomoea lobata surrounded by a chorus of Lime delight, Trusty rusty and Redhead coleuses.
Growing up to 6 inches a day in the right conditions, a variety of hops are getting ready to engulf a parade of arches leading down the main path in the walled garden.
The hop’s lush foliage in late spring and summer will eventually give way to cones in autumn and winter.
Hops are historically relevant to The Vyne and were grown in what is now the parkland. The hops would have been processed in the Brewhouse which is now our tea-room.
The hops are all English varieties and cover a range of breeding dates and chemical properties for brewing. The oldest variety is Fuggle. The name dates from 1856.
The newest variety is Golden Tassles which was introduced as an ornamental garden plant in 2003. Other varieties growing in the walled garden include Redsells Eastwell and Pheonix.
Look out for soft pale blooms such as apple blossom, Yarrow and Viburnum. By the lower lake, Greylag geese shepherd their goslings between the water and the bank. At the water’s edge distinctive golden ‘flaps’ form the ornamental blooms of the yellow Iris.
From April to May near the site of this former Tudor palace, the woodland floor of Morgaston Woods silently unfurls its carpet of bluebells. Among ancient trees, look out for the enchanting purple-blue haze, but take care not to stray from the path, lest woodland fairies spirit you away.
Elsewhere in the gardens
Soft shades of Wisteria and forget-me-nots contrast with the obsidian petals of Queen of the Night tulips. Up the steps from the sunken garden, the pink and white blooms of a Magnolia grandiflora salute the sky.
A flurry of Lilacs greet visitors by the main entrance to the walled garden. Cascading tendrils of golden flowers from a Laburnum flourish at the top of the Lime Avenue. Under the Hundred Guinea Oak, look out for the red leaves and delicate yellowish flowers of an Epimedium.
Between the north lawn and the wild garden small blue Anemone blanda flowers spring up in the grass. In the wild garden, the occasional burst of sun backlights the rusty leaves of a Cotinus, or ‘Smoke Bush’.
At the lakeside, the Jurassic-looking Gunnera plant begins to unfurl its giant leaves