I have been away from my garden for a whole week now and am greatly looking forward to being reunited with it. This has been a wonderful week in the Lake District, however, during which I have to confess I have fallen in love with another garden!

I have always wanted to visit the topiary garden at Levens Hall, but had no idea how spectacular it would be until I arrived there one early morning last week. I was completely unprepared for the dream like quality of this garden – I felt as though I had stepped onto the set of an Alice in Wonderland production. The topiary both towers above you and envelopes you – no photograph can really capture the sheer scale of this garden!





What I really didn’t expect, however, was the variety and beauty of the rest of the garden. This is a very large space planted in different ‘rooms’ each with its own character.

The David Austin rose garden was literally dripping with blooms and oozing scent:


The many grass paths were perfectly manicured:



There were beautiful colour themed borders:


And perfect lines could be found all over the garden:



I particularly loved the informal nuttery where the hazel stems used as supports throughout the garden are grown. This is an idea I am now planning to develop in my own garden.


My favourite garden accessories – water and statues  – were incorporated seamlessly into the garden plan.

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And my number one garden essential – a cut flower and vegetable garden – was perfectly executed in a stunning ornamental style:


There was even a very English game of croquet taking place:


This is a perfect garden that has captured my heart and I am sorry that we will have to endure such a long distance relationship!