The Garden Year

Chenies Manor. Winner of the Historic Houses Association & Christie’s Garden of the Year 2009 Award

Early Spring

From earliest spring onwards there is a succession of interest throughout the garden. 

Areas such as the arched walkway begin the season with a variety of hellebores, narcissi and other spring flowers, giving way later to a profusion of mauve and white alliums along its 150 ft length. 

Mid Spring

Between these two flowerings come the high point of the Spring season, with the many tulips. This spring will be the 24th year in which the combined skills of "Bloms Bulbs" expert cultivation and Elizabeth MacLeod Matthews' design have come together to form a truly breathtaking display, arranged throughout the gardens in colour themes.
MID MAY- This high point of spring colour gives way to the soft tones of Sisyrinchium and Alchemilla, blue and white Campanulas, Catmint and Iris. 
Tender perennials, already coming into flower in the greenhouses, are then ready to be planted throughout the garden to form the main summer colour. 

Summer

Summer provides a variety of moods, many visitors likening the different parts of the garden to a succession of oases, by turns serene and tranquil, uplifting and striking.
In the Sunken Garden, pink and red dahlias combine with petunias and a range of blue salvias, with support from dark-crimson Lobelia cardinalis and a host of self-sown Eryngium, a murmur of honey bees feeding on them.

The Rose Gardens combine old forms, at their peak towards the end of June, with repeat-flowering Bourbons, hybrid perpetuals and David Austin varieties continuing throughout the season: huge Onopordum thistles provide a focus, amid six-foot tall Cosmos, a cloud of drifting, hazy pinks and whites drowsing amongst feathery foliage.

After a mass of scented flowering shrubs, the White Garden is profuse with a succession of white and silver flowers and leaves, billowing around the yew topiary figures, leading on to the Physic Garden, which contains some hundreds of plants grouped into beds according to use for medicines, scenting, dyeing or poisons, all centred around the medieval well.

Elsewhere, the Parterre contains the Yew Maze, with its intriguing layout based on an isocahedron pattern of interlockingtriangular shapes. Also Queen Elizabeth I's oak tree, which she used to sit under during her numerous visits. 

The Kitchen Garden contains the orchards, the long catmint walk leading down to the kitchen garden laid out in striking patterns in the Potager style with flowers placed amongst a variety of vegetables, the cutting beds, penitential turf maze and, at the heart of the gardens, the main greenhouses, scene of burgeoning growth and much activity throughout the year, achieved by a dedicated team of gardeners and volunteers.

Early Spring

From earliest spring onwards there is a succession of interest throughout the garden.

Areas such as the arched walkway begin the season with a variety of hellebores, narcissi and other spring flowers, giving way later to a profusion of mauve and white alliums along its 150 ft length.

Mid Spring

Between these two flowerings come the high point of the Spring season, with the many tulips. This spring will be the 24th year in which the combined skills of “Bloms Bulbs” expert cultivation and Elizabeth MacLeod Matthews’ design have come together to form a truly breathtaking display, arranged throughout the gardens in colour themes.

Mid May

This high point of spring colour gives way to the soft tones of Sisyrinchium and Alchemilla, blue and white Campanulas, Catmint and Iris.

Tender perennials, already coming into flower in the greenhouses, are then ready to be planted throughout the garden to form the main summer colour.

Summer

Summer provides a variety of moods, many visitors likening the different parts of the garden to a succession of oases, by turns serene and tranquil, uplifting and striking.

In the Sunken Garden, pink and red dahlias combine with petunias and a range of blue salvias, with support from dark-crimson Lobelia cardinalis and a host of self-sown Eryngium, a murmur of honey bees feeding on them.

The Rose Gardens combine old forms, at their peak towards the end of June, with repeat-flowering Bourbons, hybrid perpetuals and David Austin varieties continuing throughout the season: huge Onopordum thistles provide a focus, amid six-foot tall Cosmos, a cloud of drifting, hazy pinks and whites drowsing amongst feathery foliage.

After a mass of scented flowering shrubs, the White Garden is profuse with a succession of white and silver flowers and leaves, billowing around the yew topiary figures, leading on to the Physic Garden, which contains some hundreds of plants grouped into beds according to use for medicines, scenting, dyeing or poisons, all centred around the medieval well.

Elsewhere, the Parterre contains the Yew Maze, with its intriguing layout based on an isocahedron pattern of interlocking-triangular shapes. Also Queen Elizabeth I’s oak tree, which she used to sit under during her numerous visits.

The Kitchen Garden contains the orchards, the long catmint walk leading down to the kitchen garden laid out in striking patterns in the Potager style with flowers placed amongst a variety of vegetables, the cutting beds, penitential turf maze and, at the heart of the gardens, the main greenhouses, scene of burgeoning growth and much activity throughout the year, achieved by a dedicated team of gardeners and volunteers.