His Royal Highness sought the advice of Lady Salisbury, who was an experienced organic gardener, friend, and was well-known for her work at Cranbourne and at Hatfield House in Hertfordshire.  She and The Prince laid out parts of the garden with scented plants. Wisteria, Honeysuckle, Jasmine, Holboellia, Lilies and Thyme were selected to surround the house.



They were principally created in the mid 20th century by the owner, Nancy Lancaster. She designed the Fan Rose Garden and on the advice of her friend and garden designer, Norah Lindsey, she planted the double herbaceous border. The Long Border on the south-west of the walled kitchen garden was also designed by Norah (NHLE entry).




Robbins cites Russell Page and Miriam Rothschild’s approach to garden design and gardens as early influences






Plant rescue

from the expropriated, soon to be demolished Royal City Nursery:

9 clumps of these


probably ‘Pardon me’

1 of these:


unknown white coneflower

enough of this to make equivalent of 6 x 4″ pots


fern leaf yarrow

and the big score, almost a square meter of:


P.virgatum, like ”heavy metal”’ but with slightly red seedheads and occasional red blade

Will be divided into two groups of three, and backlit by garage lights.

Still 2 very robust-looking sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ there.