The walled garden is perhaps the centrepiece of Broughton Grange gardens and has been widely acclaimed. It was designed by leading landscape designer Tom Stuart-Smith in 2000, and consists of three-terraces contrasting the structure and form of topiary with wild, luxuriant herbaceous planting, whilst softly framing a beautiful rural backdrop. The design was conceived entirely in relation to the surrounding landscape, thus supporting superb views to distant natural features and buildings. Previous to its construction, the site was farmland. Hard garden features, such as the walls, gates and garden buildings, were designed by architect Ptolemy Dean and include a notable stepped stone wall on the western side. There are two sizable beech (Fagus sylvatica) tunnels on the eastern side of the garden and three pleached lime (Tilia x europea ‘Pallida’) squares to the west (one per terrace), which are underplanted with sweet box (Sarcococca confusa). The pleached lime structures frame a formal vista to the south, which incorporates hornbeam (Carpinus betulus) and yew (Taxus baccata) topiary specimens.

On the upper terrace, there is a Mediterranean climate walled border containing warm coloured perennials. There is a small vegetable and fruit growing area, which consists of a central circular fruit cage containing mainly soft fruit, surrounded by espalier apples. Four symmetrical sections within the garden are used for growing a variety of vegetables. Step over apple and pears are planted on two sides around the perimeter. The main planting has a prairie feel which consists of pencil yews (Taxus baccata ‘Fastigiata’) that punctuate low grasses such as tufted fescue Festuca amethystina, switch grass (Panicum virgatum ‘Shenandoah’) and African lovegrass (Eragrostis curvula). During summer, many spires of hooded, pale yellow flowers of Phlomis russeliana dominate the top terrace, accompanied by selected cultivars of Salvia nemorosa, Salvia x sylvestris and delicate purple Allium sphaerocephalon.

Plant List

Upper Terrace

  • Acca selowiana
  • Achillea filipendulina 'Gold Plate'
  • Agapanthus campanulatus var.albidus
  • Alchemilla mollis
  • Allium 'Globemaster'
  • Allium christophii
  • Allium sphaerocephalon
  • Amsonia orientalis
  • Amsonia tabernaemontana
  • Anemanthele lessoniana
  • Anemone hupehensis 'Hadspen Abundance'
  • Anemone x hybrida 'Monterosa'
  • Artemisia ludoviciana 'Valerie Finnis'
  • Asphodeline liburnica
  • Aster divaricatus
  • Aster novae-angliae 'Septemberrubin'
  • Aster novae-angliae 'Violetta'
  • Aster sedifolius 'Nanus'
  • Aster turbinellus
  • Aster x frikartii
  • Aster x frikartii 'Mönch'
  • Camapanula alliariifolia
  • Campanula lactiflora
  • Campanula lactiflora 'Prichard's Variety'
  • Campsis 'Madame Galen'
  • Cestrum parqui
  • Chaenomeles speciosa 'Moerloosei'
  • Cistus x purpureus 'Alan Fradd'
  • Clematis 'Alba Luxurians'
  • Clematis 'Perle de Azur'
  • Clematis 'Prince Charles'
  • Clematis cirrhosa var.balearica
  • Coreopsis verticillata
  • Crinum x powellii 'Album'
  • Cupressus sempervirens
  • Cyclamen hederifolium
  • Daphne tangutica
  • Dianthus carthusianorum
  • Dictamnus albus var.albus
  • Dictamnus albus var.purpureus
  • Digitalis grandiflora
  • Eleagnus 'Quicksilver'
  • Eragrostis curvula
  • Eremurus stenophyllus
  • Eriobotrya japonica
  • Eryngium bourgatii
  • Eryngium bourgatii 'Picos Blue'
  • Eryngium giganteum
  • Eryngium x zabellii
  • Euphorbia characias subsp.characias 'Goldbrook'
  • Euphorbia characias subsp.wulfenii Margery Fish Group
  • Euphorbia cyparissias 'Fens Ruby'
  • Euphorbia nicaeensis
  • Euphorbia schlingii
  • Euphorbia seguieriana subsp.niciciana
  • Euphorbia x pasteurii
  • Fagus sylvatica (Hedge Tunnel)
  • Festuca amethystina
  • Genista aetnensis
  • Geranium 'Patricia'
  • Geranium 'Philipe Vapelle'
  • Geranium 'Rozanne'
  • Geranium 'Sirak'
  • Geranium pratense
  • Geranium pratense 'Mrs Kendall Clark'
  • Geranium psilostemon
  • Gillenia trifoliata
  • Helianthemum 'Wisley Primrose'
  • Helictotrichon sempervirens
  • Hemerocallis 'Black Plush'
  • Hemerocallis 'Summerwine'
  • Hoheria glabarata
  • Hosta 'Krossa Regal'
  • Iris 'Black Swan'
  • Iris 'Blue Rhythm'
  • Iris 'Jane Phillips'
  • Iris 'Sultans Palace'
  • Iris 'Supreme Sultan'
  • Iris pallida subsp.pallida
  • Iris unguicularis 'Mary Barnard'
  • Knautia macedonica
  • Kniphofia 'Ada'
  • Kniphofia 'Goldelse'
  • Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote'
  • Lavandula angustifolia 'Imperial Gem'
  • Magnolia grandiflora 'Exmouth'
  • Malva moschata f.alba
  • Miscanthus sinensis 'Ferner Osten'
  • Miscanthus sinensis 'Malepartus'
  • Molinia caerulea subsp.arundinacea 'Transparent'
  • Omphalodes cappadocica 'Starry Eyes'
  • Origanum 'Rosenkuppel'
  • Origanum laevigatum 'Herrenhausen'
  • Panicum virgatum 'Prairie Sky'
  • Panicum virgatum 'Shenandoah'
  • Panicum virgatum 'Warrior'
  • Papaver orientale 'Beauty of Livermere'
  • Papaver orientale 'Black and White'
  • Papaver orientale 'Mrs Perry'
  • Papaver orientale 'Patty's Plum'
  • Papaver orientale 'Raspberry Queen'
  • Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Hameln'
  • Penstemon 'Andenken an Friedrich Hahn'
  • Phlomis anatolica 'Lloyds Variety'
  • Phlomis russeliana
  • Phlox paniculata 'Franz Schubert'
  • Phygelius capensis
  • Pileostegia viburnoides
  • Ribes rubrum 'Jonkheer van Tets' (redcurrant)
  • Rosa 'Alister Stella Gray'

    Rosa banksiae var.banksiae

    Rosa 'Buff Beauty'
  • Rosa 'Fru Dagmar Hastrup'
  • Rosa glauca
  • Rosa rugosa
  • Rosa rugosa 'Blanc de Courbet'
  • Rosa x odorata 'Mutabilis'
  • Salvia nemorosa 'Amethyst'
  • Salvia nemorosa 'Ostfriesland'
  • Salvia pratensis 'Indigo'
  • Salvia verticillata 'Purple Rain'
  • Salvia x sylvestris 'Blauhügel'
  • Sanguisorba 'Tanna'
  • Santolina pinnata subsp.neapolitana 'Edward Bowles'
  • Sarcococca confusa (low hedging around pleached Tilia)
  • Schisandra rubriflora
  • Sedum 'Betram Anderson'
  • Sedum 'Jose Aubergine'
  • Sedum 'Matrona'
  • Sedum 'Red Cauli'
  • Sedum 'Ruby Glow'
  • Sedum (Atropurpureum Group) 'Karlfunkelstein'
  • Selinum wallichianum
  • Stachys 'Big Ears'
  • Stipa gigantea
  • Taxus baccata 'Fastigiata'
  • Teucrium hiranicum
  • Thalictrum 'Elin'
  • Thalictrum delavayi
  • Tilia x europaea 'Pallida' (Pleached)

Hot Coloured Border

  • Abutilon 'Violetta'
  • Achillea filipendulina 'Gold Plate'
  • Actinidia chinensis 'Tomuri'
  • Alchemilla erythropoda
  • Alstroemeria aurea 'Dover Orange'
  • Alstroemeria ligtu hybrids
  • Argyrocytisus battandieri
  • Aster novi-belgii 'Purple Dome'
  • Aster novae-angliae 'Andenken an Alma Pötschke'
  • Aster novae-angliae 'Violetta'
  • Beschorneria yuccoides
  • Campsis f.flava
  • Ceonothus 'Gloire de Versailles'
  • Cercis canadensis ' Forest Pansy'
  • Cereopsis verticillata
  • Cereopsis verticillata 'Grandiflora'
  • Clematis 'Bill MacKensie'
  • Clematis 'Étoile Violette'
  • Clematis 'Madame Julia Correvon'
  • Clematis 'Polish Spirit'
  • Clematis 'Royal Velours'
  • Crocosomia 'Lucifer'
  • Cynara cardunculus
  • Digitalis ferruginea
  • Eremurus 'Moneymaker'
  • Eryngium pandanifolium
  • Euphorbia griffithii 'Dixter'
  • Euphorbia griffithii 'Fireglow'
  • Euphorbia cornigera
  • Euphorbia schlingii
  • Ficus 'Brown Turkey' (Fig)
  • Foeniculum vulgare 'Purpureum'
  • Helenium 'Indianersommer'
  • Helianthus 'Lemon Queen'
  • Helianthus salicifolius
  • Hemerocallis 'Stafford'
  • Knautia macedonica
  • Kniphofia 'Bees' Lemon'
  • Lilium regale
  • Lobelia laxiflora var.angustifolia
  • Lysimachia ciliata 'Firecracker'
  • Miscanthus sinensis 'Malepartus'
  • Monarda 'Scorpion'
  • Nectaroscordum siculum
  • Paeonia ludlowii
  • Panicum virgatum 'Shenandoah'
  • Papaver orientale 'Beauty of Livermere'
  • Penstemon 'Andenken an Friedrich Hahn'
  • Penstemon 'Katherine de la Mere'
  • Phygelius capensis
  • Potentilla atrosanguinea
  • Prunus domestica 'Outlins Gage' (plum)
  • Rosa 'Étoile de Hollande'
  • Rosa 'Lady Hiltingdon'
  • Rudbeckia fulgida var.sullivantii 'Goldsturm'
  • Rudbeckia maxima
  • Sambucus nigra f.porphyrophylla 'Guincho Purple'
  • Sedum telephium (Atropurpureum Group) 'Purple Emperor'
  • Siliphium perfoliatum
  • Sophora tetraptera
  • Vernonia arkansana