Corton Denham house Gardens


The five acres of gardens have been extensively redesigned and replanted over the last ten years on an existing framework of fine specimen trees, extensive lawns, garden structures, the lake and the stream.  It is a classic English Garden.

The Borders: there are five borders, each differently planted, featuring roses, herbaceous perennials, shrubs, wall climbers, yew buttresses, knot designs, arbours.

The Lawns: large expanses of mown lawns bordered by ancient Quercus Ilex trees, rolling down to a gigantic London Plane tree beside the small lake. In springtime, there are good displays of daffodils and narcissi in adjacent areas of orchard.

The Lake: spring fed from Corton Hill, this is ringed by flag irises, and ornamental reeds and grasses. There is a fine Metasequoia and  Pterocarya beside it.

The Stream Garden: an embryonic tributary of the River Yeo, the little stream winds its way through massed plantings of spring bulbs, fritillaries, primula, and subsequently hosta, rodgersia, ligularia, astilbe amongst much else.  There is an adjacent Hellebore bank.

The Walled Vegetable Garden: laid out in formal potager style, this produces a huge array of vegetables and fruit from beds edged in clipped box with espaliered apple and pear trees.  The walls support further espalier and  fan trained fruit.  There is a fine collection of old Langport irises.

The Arboretum: Planted in 2002 and covering three acres, the arboretum contains well over a hundred different tree varieties, all growing superbly well.  With recent underplantings of acers, species roses and various shrubs, and a network of mown pathways, it is a glorious space through which to wander.