"opening to visitors 'spoils the pleasure of a garden, which should be a place of repose and to get away from this world" Lawrence Johnston
The garden covers 10 acres and contains 30 distinct areas, most of them "rooms" more or less enclosed by a variety of hedges and walls. This makes the layout sound rigid which it is not, cobblestone pathways, enticing small openings and long vistas tempt the visitor in a myriad of directions. Within the rooms much of the planting is a profusion of cottage style planting containing a multitude of different species attesting to Major Lawrence's skill as a both a colourist and plantsman.
The plants aren't labelled but the NT website says in this garden are white phlox, common wormwood (Lambrook Silver), white roses, poppies & white acanthus. It has been suggested this garden was the inspiration for the white garden at Sissinghurst.
Hornbeams will tolerate clay soil and wind both conditions at Hidcote. If you aspire to an allee and have absolutely nothing else to do in order to achieve it, here is a link .
|one of several beautiful gates|
|smaller versions of topairy birds show up throughout the garden|
The red border, one of the highlights of the garden had not reached its full splendour at the time we were there. I will leave you with a smattering of flowers to add a little warmth to a dull winter day.