About the garden
The gardens at Somerleyton Hall are renowned for their wide variety of splendid specimen trees, combined with sweeping lawns, formal gardens, majestic statuary and original Victorian features, including an aviary and 70m (229ft) long pergola covered in wisteria, roses and vines.
Within the walled gardens are two ridge and furrow glasshouses designed by Joseph Paxton and just beyond are two working Paxton Peach Cases, which still have peaches and nectarines growing in them. The main walled garden is undergoing a re-imagining with new borders that contain collections of botanically interesting plants and a 70m (229ft) border filled with more than 150 large/giant Hosta cultivars. New hedging is to be added to create ‘rooms’ and the paths will be upgraded. It also contains a double herbaceous border providing colour throughout the season and plants that attract bees and butterflies.
The walled kitchen garden has been remodelled and now features a central herb garden surrounded by parterre with new individual cut flower beds on both sides.
The gardens are home to one of the finest yew hedge mazes, planted in 1846. The formal garden to the west of the Hall was originally laid out in 1846 by William Nesfield. It was redesigned in 2012 by garden historian George Carter, who reinterpreted Nesfield's original plan to design the current box parterre and central fountain. The sunken garden, designed by Verity Hanson-Smith, is now a beautiful white garden.
New to the gardens are a jungle garden and plant nursery area.