This area gives a glimpse of the delights to come for visitors to the main garden at Levens Hall. Presented in a style so fashionable three centuries ago, it makes for an exceptionally civilised backdrop to accompany refreshment on the tea terrace.
Although only laid out in the 1990s, it was designed to reflect our concept of gardens in the seventeenth century. It is not an exact recreation of this particular site however, as it was originally part of an entrance drive. The intricate pattern of the low hedged parterre is best seen from above. The Hall's dining room and upper bedrooms giving the best viewpoints.
An architectural screening of Hornbeam Carpinus betulus, is planted on the North and West sides, whilst to the south it is flanked by the more sombre hedging of yew. These give a sense of intimacy and enclosure whilst allowing glimpses of the garden and wider landscape beyond.
Birch and Cornelian Cherry frame the view out towards the field, underplanted with Lenten Roses and the Eupatoriums so beloved by bees and butterflies.
The area is bedded out twice a year, with the planting changing from year to year. The varied palette includes Double Daisies, Pansies and lily flowered Tulips for spring. Antirrhinums, Verbenas, Heliotropes, Helichrysums, Begonias and Argyranthemums for Summer.