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Welcome to our Head Gardener’s Journal

In this monthly column, we will share technical aspects of our work and also keep you up to date about ongoing projects. If there is any topic you might want to hear more about, please ask during your next visit!

June Delight and Autumn Joy

Those who have visited our gardens will be familiar with the “Lozenge Beds” in the West Garden which soften the angularity of what we believe to be the Jacobean façade of the house. Both the organic shape of the borders and the mounding perennials create an intimate atmosphere. Although the planting appears to be soft, it is very sturdy and keeps its shape all through the autumn.

The whites and blues of the spring and summer are replaced by deep pinks and purples in the autumn which look great in golden October light.

Lozenge beds in June. Rosa ‘Kew Gardens’, Rosa ‘Crème de la Crème’, Rosa ‘Clarence house’ and Allium ‘White Giant’ are complemented by Nepeta grandiflora ‘Bramdean’ and various creeping thymes.
In the autumn, sedum ‘Autumn Joy’, Verbena bonariensis and Symphyotrichum novi-belgii 'Purple Dome' take centre stage.