Houghton Hall, Norfolk
Each quarter of the garden stands as a separate entity and you wander between them, returning to the central flower border axis to get your bearings, before moving on to another area. The third quarter includes the Mediterranean garden with a large central pond and fountain surrounded by a box parterre, which is opposite the startlingly simple Laburnum garden, where the Water Flame is the eye catching centrepiece. This quarter also houses the croquet lawn, where guests are invited to play if they feel like it.
The fourth quarter of the walled garden houses the magnificent Rose garden (below) with its arbors and sunken fountain area, against a backdrop of undulating and immaculately-clipped serpentine yew hedging, reminiscent of a giant Loch Ness monster. The design here is taken from the ceiling of the White Drawing Room in the main house. The roses are a combination of old-fashioned shrub varieties, modern, repeat flowering species and ramblers – all carefully selected to give a good display throughout the season.
Read on for The Galloping Gardener’s full review and more fab photography.
Houghton Hall, Norfolk, PE31 6UE.
T: 01485 528 569 E: email@example.com
Opening Days and Times
Open from 17 May – 29 September 2013. Wednesday – Sunday & Bank Hols 11.00am – 5.00pm (last admission to house 4.30pm)
Prices for the garden: Adults £8, Child £3 Family (2+3) £22