Parterre

Situated at the top end of the long borders, the formal parterre consists of two larger borders and low box (Buxus sempervirens) hedging, marking out 16 separate compartments.  Specimens in the larger borders include many different shrub roses and shrubs such as Pacific dogwood (Cornus nuttallii ‘Gold Spot’).  The parterre features an east to west aspect and is framed on the western side by a sloping avenue of pin oak (Quercus palustris) and a pair of Italian cypress (Cupressus sempervirens).  In the compartments planting is seasonal, during the spring planting combines wallflowers (Erysimum) with tulips (Tulipa spp.). The wallflowers and tulips are lifted in early summer and replaced with a summer planting scheme consisting of sweet peas (Lathyrus odoratus) grown up obelisks, under planted with bedding such as Cosmos and Plectranthus.