Scampston Hall Gardens was designed by Piet Oudolf as a series of rooms, each in his characteristic style. The perennial meadow is a playground for pollinators, featuring Rudbeckia, Achillea, Phlomis, Verbascum, Helenium, Monarda and Geranium.
One of the ideas behind the idea of a perennial meadow is that the design is more likely to remain stable and balanced as many of the plants will come back year after year, unlike a planting of annuals reliant on the vagaries of seed.
The garden features at Scampston Hall are as high quality and desirable as the planting, if – and it’s a big if – you have the room and budget for them.
Looking back after a year of lockdown, it was a joyful day, but at the time the unrelentingly bright sunlight seemed rather a torture, making it difficult to get a decent picture despite the wealth of plant material.
While we were resting our feet some distance away from the perennial meadow having a drink before setting off for home, a small cloud appeared, heading for the sun. I raced back and just managed to get one picture in duller, more amenable light. Then the cloud drifted on its merry way and the garden was back to its blazing glory.
I would probably not have shared these were the topic of Becky’s April Squares not Bright. As it is, they seemed a suitable choice.
36 Replies to “Scampston Hall Gardens On A Sunny Day”
Well, I would say you did very well, bright though the day was. What a fabulous place!
It is magical to be among all the flowers. His designs often call for leaving the seed heads over winter for the bugs to shelter in.
I do the same in my own modest flowers.
Thas seems like a very nice garden, I love it !
It is very nice with much more of interest than I’m showing here.
I’ve only been there once, and the day was shocking- rain tumbling unceasingly from the skies. Time for a re-visit I think!
That rules out the always in sunshine theory I was developing after reading an earlier comment. Good luck for next time!
Your garden views are always so well composed
It’s very kind of you to say so.
Very beautiful ❤🌹
I feel I need sunglasses just looking at the pictures.
Lovely photos – and what sympathetic planting for the environment
His planting ideas have been very influential.
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