The walled garden, abandoned for years, was brought back to life in 1999 by Piet Oudolf. The garden is divided into rooms; the cut-flower and the vegetable gardens, give a nod back to its practical past, while the larger part of the garden is planted in Oudolf’s distinct blend of grasses, perennials and strong structural elements of yew, box and pleached limes.
There are few places lovelier than Sleightholmedale. The walled garden astonishes and charms. The American roses are over a hundred years old and among them masses of Eryngium, Delphinium, Digitalis, Persicaria, Oenothera, Onopordum and Verbascum, planted in the style of Nancy Lancaster.
This three-acre garden lies on the Yorkshire Wolds, sheltered by beech trees. Created since 1984, the garden has evolved into formal spaces by the house; a courtyard garden, a walled garden, once a cattle yard, and a kitchen garden. The wildflower meadow and woodland garden merge into the surrounding farmland.
Wednesday 5 July 2023