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Long Border

The Long Border consists of a pair of herbaceous beds with a combined length of about 45 metres (150 feet). It is backed by a 'tapestry hedge' of Cupressocyparis leylandii 'Haggerston Grey' and golden Thuja plicata 'Zebrina'. The colour scheme of the border has purple as its key and flowering is mostly in July and August.

Short Border

A pair of mixed borders with a blue-yellow colour scheme. 
The borders were created, and the sandstone wall built, in 2000 with the object of providing a balance for the long border and to define the East Lawn.

Shrub Rose Garden

The Shrub Rose Garden was enlarged & replanted in 2001 with predominantly English Roses from David Austin although there are some Old Roses such as Charles de Mills and Tuscany Superb.

The beds contain about 450 roses of 65 different cultivars.

West End

Previously a rose garden it is now a mixture of roses and perennials with a pale colour scheme. The  original, pre-war design had eight small beds. It was redesigned and replanted in 2005 and again in 2022 and there are now two beds around a paved centre. The pergola has also been extended to enclose the west as well as the south side of the garden. The roses growing on the pergola and the house are 'Albertine'. 'Chaplin's Pink' and 'American Pillar'.

Hornbeam Walk

The hornbeam walk lies between the English Rose Garden and the Potager. 

There are 16 standard hornbeam trees clipped into balls. On either side are copper beech hedges. 

It looks good in winter too..


The Potager was started in 1995 and has a mixture of vegetables and flowers for cutting. The metal arches carry sweet peas and runner beans.
Two oval Dahlia beds were added in 2006.

Herb Garden

The Herb Garden was started in 1992. Enclosed by trees, shrubs and walls, with narrow paths, the Herb Garden is planted informally with a wide range of herbs and cottage garden plants. There are four main beds and two smallerbeds on either side of a camomile path.

The roses on the central arch are 'Mme Alfred Carriere'.

Toune Priory

This area was incorporated into the garden in 2001, the principal feature is a hornbeam allée representing a ruined Romanesque church called Toune Priory.

The cloisters were planted in 2004.

In 2006 a border of grasses and late flowering perennials was added, called 'Prior's Bank'.

The Dell

The Dell was once a large farm pond. The fishpond has been rebuilt using knapped flints. 

On one side of the dell there is a hollow pollarded oak, thought to be about 800 years old.


The garden in front of the barn was replanted in Spring 2017 with aromatic plants. The garden is bounded by a line of Rosa 'Excelsa'. 'Etoile de Holland' grows over the barn.

Three sculptures represent Grammar, Logic and Rhetoric and are called A Modern Trivium.

Three more sculptures represent Music, Mathematics and Astronomy and are called A Modern Quadrivium.

The Circus

This was previously the shrubbery and was cleared and replanted in 2005/6. 

The principal design features are large yew topiary sculptures inspired by the works of Henry Moore and grasses. 

The minor parts are filled by shrubs and a small tree Ulmus minor 'Dampieri Aurea'. 

It is an area that comes into its own in late summer and has structure throughout the winter.

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