My recent post on Hidcote’s red border – and seeing so many pictures of tulips appearing in my Reader – inspired me to share this picture. It shows another colour themed planting, this time at Kiftsgate Court Gardens.
I believe this is the yellow border, pictured here early in the season – thought it does looks more like chocolate, orange and lime in this view, so perhaps you know differently! It reaches its peak of flowering – and, no doubt, yellowness – in August and September.
If you’re planning a trip to Hidcote Manor, try to allow time to call in to see this beautiful, terraced garden too while you’re only a few fields away.
Kiftsgate’s garden was planted in the 1920s by Heather Muir, a neighbour and close friend of Hidcote’s creator, Lawrence Johnston. The style of planting is very similar – these were clearly passalong plant gardeners, sharing choice plant specimens as well as inspiration – though the structure at Kiftsgate is said to have evolved a little more organically.
Please check the websites for opening times before travelling to avoid the nasty surprise at the gates that we once! Kiftsgate is closed every Thursday and Friday: other than that, opening times vary according to the month.