The setting of Chilcombe is magical. The garden terraced and enclosed, has a wonderful feeling of intimacy. Crammed with lavender, peonies, Salvias andVerbena, held in check by box and beech hedges, espaliered apples and sentinelIrish yews. Rose-covered pergolas lead to an apple orchard.
The walled garden lies behind the attractive wisteria-festooned Georgian house, on a slope down to the stream. The perimeter borders are colour themed; blues and yellows on one side, pink and blue on the other, with hotter colours in the border facing the house. Climbers hug the brick walls and the borders are a mixture of grasses, perennials and shrubs.
A stone terrace gives on to a lawn flanked by two gardens enclosed with rose-covered obelisks and box and oak benches. Further on a wide lawn has perimeter borders, filled with roses and summer-flowering perennials. A gate leads into a spectacular flower and vegetable walled garden.
Tuesday 13 June 2023