The Formal Gardens
Nestled within our 300 acres of beautiful countryside, our Formal Gardens are located near to the hotel grounds, and are there for you to enjoy and explore at your own leisure. From Rose Garden beds, to contemporary art, to a relaxing water feature overlooking our championship golf course, there is something fascinating to view in every corner.
The Gardens: A Self-Guided Tour from our Head Gardener David Roberts
- Vista Garden
- Garden Room
- Cedar Suite
- Rose Gardens
- Water Feature
- Plant of the month
The ‘Vista Garden’ has been introduced to The Formal Gardens, after Box Blight infected our Parterre Garden in 2014, then removed in 2015. This New area of The Formal Gardens Draws high lights from most of the borders in the garden, using the colours and perennial plants, to create the feel of a meadow. This will give another wow factor in the coming years, attracting Guest, Birds, Bees, Butterflies and other creatures.
Knautia ‘Red Knight’
Salvia ‘Black and Blue’
Geum ‘Mrs J. Bradshaw’
Digitalis ‘ Milk Chocolate’
Veronica ‘Georgia blue’
The Garden Room Borders
This is a lovely part of the Garden where you can see through the Garden right through out on to the Estate. The Borders here tend to be A tutti fruity colour way, mixing oranges, pinks & Deep burgundy Red.
Our Planting within this border can change slightly from year to year, Please see our Border Plants List Below:
Epimedium warleyense ‘orangekonigen’
Magnolia Grandifora ‘Exmouth’
Peony ‘Karl Rosenfield’
Hemerocallis ‘Chief Sarcoxle’
Hemerocallis ‘Windsor Tan’
Aeonium arboreum Schwarzkopff
Ajuga reptans ‘Black Scallop’
Campanula latiloba ‘Hidcote Amethyst’
Cornus alba Sibirica
Cotinus coggygria ‘Golden Spirit’
Dahlia ‘Karma Choc’
Elder sambucus ‘nigra’
Kerria japonica ‘pleniflora’
Rosa Etoite de Hollande
Rosa floribunda ‘Queen Elizabeth’
Sedum telephium ‘Purple Emperor’
Tulipa ‘orange lion’
Tulipa ‘dolls minuet
Within The Formal Gardens there is a new addition to The Grove Cedar Suite with new plantings including a ‘hot’ border with reds and yellows. The palms are Chusan Palms (trachycarpus fortunei). Planting design by Natasha Geldenhuys, Deputy Head Gardener.
Trachcarpus fortunei palm
Panicum virgatum ‘rehbraum’
Rosemary Officialus Prostratus
Echinachea ‘Orange Passion’
Ajuga ‘Braun Herz’
Verbascum ‘Flush of White’
Cosmos ‘cosmic orange’
Fritillaria imperialis ‘Stripped Beauty’
Iris Chrysographes ‘Black form’
Hibiscus syriacus ‘bluebird’
Cotinus coggygria ‘ grace’
Physostegia virginiana ‘summer snow’
In 2010 the Rose Garden was completely re-planted to a new planting design and includes white scented roses, flowering shrubs with climbing roses and clematis growing up the ‘spirals’ in the corner of each bed.
Beyond this are New Zealand Tree Ferns also planted in early 2010.
Nestled behind the main formal garden area is our stunning water feature display overlooking our championship golf course. Take in some fresh air and admire the scenery with some stunning art pieces collected from across the world. An idyllic place to stroll on a sunny day.
January - HELLEBORES
We have two different species in The Formal Gardens, Hellebores orientalis ‘red lady’ and Hellebores orientalis mixed hybrids, the second species is Hellebores argutifolius, which has beautiful green flowers. These can be found within The Formal Garden Borders.
February - ERANTHIS HYEMALIS, ALSO KNOWN AS WINTER ACONITES
These can be found under the mushroom shaped Yew trees in The Formal Gardens and various other places. These bold but delicate, originally Woodland bulbs, are a delight as they are one of the first flowers to be seen in a Winter Garden. Left alone to naturalise they will become a blanket of gold, a welcomed sight year after year.
March - NARCISSI
Where ever you wonder within the grounds of The Grove, they will all be standing tall, nodding their cheerful heads, ready to greet all. So many different varieties and shades, there is a favourite for everyone, and the first sign of spring.