A garden created by three generations of female gardeners. It straddles the top of a Cotswold escarpment, and then runs down into a valley with views across to the Vale of Evesham.
This stunning white Coopers Burmese rose - R. Laevigata 'Cooperi' reaches up to the top of the property.
In 1920 the gardens at Kiftsgate consisted of a paved formal garden at the back of the property surrounded by a field and wooded banks leading down into the valley. The then new owner, Heather Muir, decided to change the layout of the garden with help and inspiration from her lifelong friend Lawrence Johnston.
She decided that the garden would be developed organically, rather than planned on paper.
It has a distinctly feminine feel almost in direct contrast to the more masculine lines employed by Johnston in his own garden at
Having spent 30years establishing the garden Heather was succeeded by her daughter, Diany Binny, who was then succeeded by her daughter, Anne Chambers. Anne has continued to develop the garden over the past 33 years - between them all they have nurtured Kiftsgate for over 100 years.
Anne established this contemporary black water garden on what had once been the tennis court. She continues the family tradition of seeking out new and interesting plants to compliment the colour schemes established by her grandmother when she originally laid it out.
Crinodendron hookeranum - Lantern tree - native to Chile
The garden has plenty of Nepeta Walker's Low - catmint plants scattered throughout the borders. I mention this because I too purchased a large number of the same plant a few weeks ago, mainly as a deterrent to our deer, who are not supposed to like them. However, with its spires of lavender-blue flowers amid fragrant grey-green foliage, Nepeta makes a perfect foil for other flowers in the border, and importantly is loved by bees.