The Garden at Miserden
Winner of Historic Houses Garden of the Year this lovely, unspoilt garden, positioned high on the Cotswolds and commanding spectacular views across the former deer park to extensive woodland beyond, was created in the seventeenth century and still retains a wonderful sense of timeless peace and tranquillity. Much of the original garden is found within ancient Cotswold-stone walls, which are at one point completely engulfed by the Tolkien-like roots of a remarkable sycamore tree. Extensive yew hedging bisects the garden and creates a notable yew walk in the process. To one side of the walk a parterre, with a sundial at its centre, is planted with a selection of potentilla, lavender and allium.
The predominate colours of silver, grey, blue and pink contrast well with a rose-clad arbour alongside, which provides welcome shade in high summer.
Perhaps the finest features in the garden are two double mixed borders which have undergone a total replant in recent years and now contain a wide range of roses, clematis, shrubs and herbaceous plantings, all arranged in individual colour sections and cleverly designed to provide flower and interest from spring until autumn.
The Arboretum on the bank on the south side of the Garden has been spectacular this Autumn.