From the Kitchen Garden, the journey leads through the orchard and soft fruit garden with its wrought iron fruit cages to the huge expanse of lawn of the West Garden. Here, at the back of the house, breath-taking views over the Vale Evesham invite visitors to pause for a moment to enjoy the unspoilt rural landscape. 

In this part of the garden, the contrast of organic and geometric shapes is most apparent: Against the angular and rambling façade of the house, much more rural in appearance than the elegant front elevation, randomised paving encloses lozenge-shaped flower beds and a tongue of lawn leading right up to the kitchen door. Within the paving, gaps have been left for mounds of creeping thymes and erigerons. The planting in the lozenge beds also forms soft mounds with a strong Mediterranean influence. 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 fills the air, attracting bees and butterflies. From the late summer onwards, Verbena bonariensis arches gracefully above the planting mounds. The angular outline of the house is further softened by festoons of clematis and rambling roses. Apart from a collection of carefully placed Japanese cherries, the planting is all low so as not to divert attention from the view.

The garden is framed to the north by the old stable block with its cupola and to the south by the former coach house, now converted into an orangery that has large French doors to the West and South Garden and where garden visitors, having concluded their journey, are invited to enjoy homemade refreshments.

West Garden Highlights

Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
Japanese cherries YES YES YES YES
Iris germanica YES 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

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