A stunning carpet of 21,000 Blue Pearl Hyacinths is adorning filling the beds in the Long Garden at the National Trust’s Cliveden in Buckinghamshire.
The moment you enter the garden their heady scent and deep blue hue cannot fail to give you a spring-time lift. Head Gardener Andrew Mudge says “we expect these gorgeous flowers to be in their peak for the next two weeks”. Lined on either side by unusual topiary and pristine box hedge, these hyacinths are a real spring treat for garden lovers, walkers and families alike.
Elsewhere on the estate there are spring blooms aplenty. The high-Victorian style planting on the Parterre is really popping with colour, particularly the mixed polyanthus which line some of the iconic triangular beds and surround the pyramids.
Swathes of bluebells are also gracing the estate with their ethereal presence. Cliveden Ranger Jess Darwin recommends Stable Bank to the west of the house where the bluebells are mixed with daffodils for a stunning spring display. She also suggests that “The bluebells near Clive’s Den in the woodlands as well as Susan’s wood, easily ascendible from the Woodland Car Park, will be at their peak in the next two weeks. They are really a site to behold and encourage hundreds of visitors every year to explore our woodlands as well as the formal gardens.”
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