The Forecourt

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The first garden you encounter on entering the walled garden demonstrates plants that were commonly used for knots before box (Buxus sempervirens) became the popular choice for this purpose. The clippings of many of these plants would also have been used for strewing upon the floor to combat ‘pestilent ayres’. Queeen Elizabeth employed a strewing lady whose task it was to ensure a constant supply of strewing material. The layout includes Medieval and Tudor features such as a turf seat and a brick paved terrace with an arrangement of seats and pots.

 Plant list

Botanical Name Common Names
Alchemilla vulgaris Our Lady’s mantle
Anthemis nobile flore-plena Double flowered chamomile
Anthemis nobile treneague Lawn chamomile
Anthericum liliago St Bernards Lily
Antirrhinum majus Snap dragon
Armeria maritima Thrift, sea pink, ladies cushion
Astrantia major Masterwort
Cheiranthus cheiri ‘Bloody Warrior’ Wall gilleflower
Cheiranthus cheiri ‘Harpur Crewe’ Wall gilleflower
Cydonia oblonga Quince
Geranium pratense striatum Queen Annes needlework
Geranium robertianum Herb robert, adders tongue, birds eye
Hyssopus officinalis Hyssop
Lavandula angustifolia English Lavender
Paradisea liliastrum St Brunos lily
Plantago major rosularis Rose plantain
Prunus cerasus var. morello Morello Cherry
Ranunculus acris flore plena Double meadow crowfoot
Ranunculus repens flore-plena Bachelors Buttons
Rosa arvensis Musk Rose
Rosmarinus officinalis Rosemary
Ruta graveolens Rue
Salvia officinalis Sage
Santolina chamaecyparissus Cotton Lavender
Satureja montana Winter savoury
Silene dioica Red campion
Silene dioica alba White campion, gypsy flower
Tanacetum parthenium Feverfew
Teucrium chamaedrys Wall germander
Thymus serphyllum True wild thyme
Thymus vulgaris Thyme


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