A visit to Courts Garden, Holt
I cannot remommend a visit to this National Trust garden enough. We visited last weekend (15th June) and despite forecasts of rain the sun came out sufficiently to enjoy the planting in all its glory.
And it's the planting here that really shines. This is a garden for plant lovers. Yes there is structure in clipped yew hedges, some unusual bent clipped yew trees and there are some fine specimen trees at the top of the garden (including a handkerchief tree in full flower). But it's the contemporary use of perennials and grasses here that really excites me, some as mixed gentle drifts and others as bold swathes of massed planting.
Around the main lawn there are some wonderful straight borders with overlapping seasonal planting including Sanguisorba, Iris, Alliums and Anthrisucs silvestris Ravenswing all very cleverly arranged. In another border there is a most unusual but bold combination of Stipa gigantea and Rosa glauca which works beautifully thanks to the bronze grass seedheads setting off the blue foliage with red tints.
We have been in September and the garden was still looking stunning, so this is clearly a garden for all seasons. Do go and visit. The Courts Garden is located between Bradford-On-Avon, near Bath, and Melksham in Wiltshire and is currently open everyday except Wednesday. Go to http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/courts-garden/visitor-information/ for more information.