The Outer Gardens

Year-round interest is found in the Outer Gardens which surround the Walled Garden.


Heather Bed





The extensive Outer Gardens are a delight throughout the year.  Wandering paths incorporate many attractive beds including summer and winter heathers, magnolias, azaleas, alpines, acers and dwarf conifers. 













The Cascade, fed by streams from Lakeland fells, runs into the Gunnera Pond and the surrounding borders are planted with iris, hosta and primula.  Early shows of hellebores and snowdrops in the spectacular Davidia border are replaced in summer and autumn by the wide variety of hostas growing among them.










The nearby Grasses Border and Courtyard Bed are home to an interesting range of plants. Plants introduced into cultivation by Lakeland's plant hunter, William Purdom are in the Purdom Bed not far from the alpines.




The three National Collections of Astilbe, Meconopsis and Polystichum, are also found in the Outer Gardens.