The Princess Alexandra Gardens alongside the River Len is a particularly lovely way to approach the Castle.
Its carpet of Daffodils, Narcissi and Anemones presents a vibrant burst of colour. Later in the year, the visitor is treated to the splendor of Azaleas and Rhododendrons
The gardens are being redeveloped over the course of the next few years into six individual gardens which will excite the senses and create interest at every turn.
The gardens comprise of six beautiful individual gardens that excite the senses and create interest at every turn. Changing throughout the seasons, these gardens provide an experience that makes the journey to the Castle enjoyable and different with every visit.
Celebrating cedars, open views and majestic trees reflected in the clear waters of the Cedar Lake. The banks and edges around the lake has been restored to prevent further erosion and create crisp lines. It is also the first ‘grand reveal’ of the castle, as one crosses the cascade and continue through the gardens.
Massed banks of azaleas will bring extraordinary colour and tall bamboo will add to the oriental feel, with quiet spaces of contemplation. It’s an ‘Englishmen’s Oriental Garden’, influenced by Chinese stroll gardens, but with small Japanese influenced corners, and plants from the wider orient.
Lush planting in this stretch of the walkway creates a jungle effect, at times forming a tunnel of foliage overhead, at others leaving pools of light. Specific plants includes giant forests of bamboo, the great leaves of gunnera, tunnels of willow and swathes of shuttlecock fern.
Water plays another key role in the Winter Garden, at times calm and reflective, and at others babbling and vibrant. The creation of a weir and placement boulders in the water’s path will make for magical sounds as well as sights. Large areas of shrubs and trees will provide winter fragrance, stem colour and sounds, whilst the floor is carpeted with winter and spring flowers.
Cool and shady, the woodland garden acts as a calm transition from the wider open areas to the more horticultural Pavilion and Castle gardens. Plants to look out for are Hosta, Ferns, Euphorbia, Hellebore, Ligularia and special Hydrangeas.
This beautiful lawn resembles a perfect amphitheatre and grass-covered banks forms natural seating for visitors to enjoy outdoor theatre and picnic. The large herbaceous border reflects on the other side of the lawn, creating the most spectacular curtains to any stage. A bold selection of herbaceous plants provides exciting displays of colour and form throughout summer, and into the winter months.
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