Glorious gardens

Bodnant Garden

Bodnant stands on a sloping site above the River Conwy in North Wales, looking towards the peaks of Snowdonia. A series of five terraces with pools and lawns, designed between the late 1870s and 1914, slope away from the Victorian house to a deep ravine. This is the Dell, through which the River I atheling runs to the sea some four s away. There are wonderful contrasts between the formal and more naturalistic areas of the garden.

In spring, the ell is alight with rhododendrons, in reduced from the Far East by early 20th century plant collectors. Then, in May and June, the 120-year-old Laburnum Arch is in full bloom, followed by the herbaceous borders and the rose beds on the terraces. Come autumn, the magnificent trees, planted by generations of the Aberconway family, put on a dazzling display of colour.There are many gardens like this one in whole Europe, learn something about them at



The Alnwick Garden

The garden at Cragside was all about keeping up with the Joneses — and the Joneses for Cragside’s owner were the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland at Alnwick Castle. In recent years, the Duchess has matched what William Armstrong did at Cragside, spending in the region of £40 million on her new garden.

It is a remarkable achievement, with a dazzling cascade, flanked by hedges of hornbeam and beaches, and rills enclosed by fastigiated oaks. New last year was her Poison Garden, designed in particular to thrill children (whose visits are carefully monitored), see something more here.

6.Sissinghurst Castle Garden


Sissinghurst Castle Garden

Home from 1930 until their deaths in the 1960s of the gardener and writer, Vita Sackville-West, and her husband, diarist, writer and politician Harold Nicolson, Sissinghurst is a truly spectacular affair. Together, this unconventional pair created one of the most important 20th century gardens in the country. The castle itself consists of little more than a tower (where you can see Sackville-West’s study), a long, low entrance wing and a couple of cottages. From the top of the tower, you get the best view of the garden, which is divided up into a series of ‘rooms’, framed by yew hedging and old walls.Learn something about beautiful towers and hotel in France at hotels in calais best website.

The structure was down to Harold, while the planting was Vita’s. Perhaps most famous is her magical White Garden, at its best at dusk. But equally lovely are the Lime Walk, under planted with spring bulbs, and the Nuttery, with its carpet of blue and yellow. In October, the Purple and Cottage Borders shine with colour.



East Lambrook Manor

Less than two acres in size, East Lambrook Manor is the creation of a former secretary, Margery Fry, who moved there from London with her husband, Walter, in 1937. She became the leading champion of cottage gardening, choosing a rich diversity of plants, which she mixed informally to suit the low hamstone farmhouse. She cleared weeds and rubble, dug, planted, and even built low dry stone walls and terraces to give the garden a lightly-imposed framework. Mrs Fry died in 1969, but the garden has been maintained very much in her style, with low evergreen honeysuckle hedges surrounding the lawns, and the terraces filled with subtle combinations of dark reds and yellows. Damp-lovers, such as irises, flourish in a boggy ditch area, while a hot, sunny corner is given over to grey-leafed Mediterranean plants.