This is the first of several posts showing some of the gardens I visited when in England to celebrate my birthday. We arrived on 31st August; collecting the hire car was a bit of a nightmare as the one they wanted to give us didn’t have a large enough boot. In the end they gave us a larger car 4 wheel drive and comfortable so all was well; the time spent arguing plus lots of traffic on the way to the Dartford tunnel meant we almost didn’t get to Hyde Hall in time. The woman at the entrance said “we’re open until six but last entry is 5.00, it was 5.02! luckily she was kind and let us in, phew!
I wanted to see the dry garden, I’d seen it just over ten years ago; when I’d visited the garden and taken notes about the planting and been given a planting list (that’s not available now!). It was interesting to see which plants had grown well and which had died.
There was more soil and gravel showing than I really like and there is evidence that changes have been made to the planting.
There were many plants I have in my garden, but also some things that wouldn’t take the Italian heat or intense sun. Drought tolerance is totally dependent on the temperature as well as the length of time without water.
I found it slightly strange seeing all the drought tolerant plants with all the green trees and fields in the background, but I’m sure no one else would see the anomaly.
I saw some lovely silver leaved plants that I must try to find.
We passed the formal border as we made our way out I was captivated by the beautiful yew hedges sculpted to form protected zones. I really liked the combination of tightly clipped hedge and free growing perennials.
Is that grass green or what? It almost hurt my eyes, so very English even in this dry part of the country.
The tropical planting was also very impressive, but too high maintenance for me. The Anxious Gardener’s recent post about his tropical border looked even better; strangely I don’t have any images of the tropical border.