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From its iconic Dry Garden to exciting new features, our Essex garden goes from strength to strength. From its iconic Dry Garden to exciting new features, our Essex garden goes from strength to strength.
The Hilltop Garden offers a variety of garden designs, from formal landscaping to shrub borders and ponds
The Hilltop Garden has a number of different areas to explore, including ponds, borders, rose borders and island beds.
The entrance to the Hilltop Garden is through a pergola draped in wisteria and clematis and leads onto the terraced area, which is a favourite spot for visitors to sit in the sunshine. The Hilltop Terrace has a rainbow-effect planting scheme, with silvers, creams, peaches, lemons, pinks and purples, which has been designed to be a pastel echo of the nearby herbaceous border.
The Farmhouse Garden is overlooked by the farmhouse, and benefits from crisp formal lines and hard landscaping, which encloses square beds surrounded by tightly-clipped miniature hedges of box (Buxus sempervirens). The Upper Pond has been designed to be accessible to all, with hard paths and terraces that allow access for buggies and wheelchairs. The Gold Border features plants with gold leaves or flowers, such as Pinus mugo 'Winter Gold' and Alchemilla mollis. The variegated evergreens brighten up even the dullest of winter days.
The farmhouse that overlooks the Farmhouse Garden dates back to the 17th century, although the Domesday Book shows that there was probably a dwelling on the site in the 11th century.
Now its south-facing wall offers shelter for climbing plants and wall shrubs such as Ceanothus arboreus 'Trewithen Blue' and the evergreen shrub Acca sellowiana.
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