Monday, 1 September 2008

September- Late Summer Colour

Most gardens can look good through spring and early summer, but greater gardens are crafted to last. Summer may have seemed short on sunshine this year, but there is a big bonus. Flowers weren’t burnt out and frazzled off in a fortnight, so in the right settings, will just go on glowing....

For superb late summer borders, there is nowhere better in Lakeland than Hutton-in-the-Forest. Explore there a magical 1730s walled garden behind the magnificent red sandstone house. It is home to some of the best colour combinations and stylish plant groupings in the North!

The narrow pink gravel paths are almost engulfed in spilling waves of generous herbaceous plantings, supplemented throughout by many bright annual favourites. Only the carefully trained fruit trees around the mellow old stone walls give away its productive kitchen gardening past.

Walk out past some amazing old hedges with extraordinary clipped topiary, on into ancient woodland, and look out across tranquil parkland. The low garden, lake and cascade are relaxed, natural beauties to discover, whilst no visit would be complete without a peep inside the absolutely fascinating circular 17th century dovecote.

So, you see, summer is not over yet- so long as there are gardens to go to as great as Hutton-in-the-Forest....

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