Agapanthus and Verbena bonariensis in August.

Agapanthus and Verbena bonariensis in August.

The terrace of the West Garden is random paving with gaps left for creeping thymes and erigerons. Lozenge-shaped flower beds and a tongue of lawn lead right up to the kitchen door. The planting forms soft mounds with interest all year round. Winter and spring irises are followed by cistus, roses and agapanthus, and then by late summer asters and sedums. The scent of lavender, rosemary and thyme evokes Mediterranean gardens, and the angular outline of the house is softened by festoons of clematis and rambling roses. The planting is all low so as not to distract attention from the breath-taking western views.

The garden is framed on the north by the old stable block with its cupola and on the south by the former coach house, now converted into an orangery which has large French doors to the West and South Garden and where garden visitors enjoy home-made refreshments at the end of their tour.

West Garden Highlights

Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
Japanese cherries YES YES YES YES
Iris germanica YES YES YES YES YES
Thymes YES YES YES YES
Roses YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES
Clematis viticella YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES
Agapanthus YES YES YES YES
Sedums YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES
Asters YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES

From the West Garden, the journey continues

to the Kitchen Garden