Long borders

Planted out in a more traditional style, the graceful long borders follow a gentle slope down from the parterre, leading out into the open field beyond. Formal yew (Taxus baccata) hedging provides a good backdrop against which the fine range of herbaceous plants show well. Planting here includes groups of perennials such as Ligularia spp., Inula magnifica, Hemerocallis spp., Valeriana officinalis and Ferula communis. The south facing meadow areas to the east and west of the long borders come alive in springtime with a sea of daffodils (Narcissus spp.) and contain some mature apple trees of a good size. In the west section of the meadow, keep an eye out for horticultural novelty +Laburnocytisus ‘Adamii’ in early summertime. This ‘chimera hybrid’ consists of laburnum (Laburnum anagyroides) tissue in the centre, with outer tissue from broom (Chamaecytisus purpureus). The tree produces respective yellow laburnum flowers, purple broom flowers and some that are a mixture.