Predominantly a shrub and rose garden, the area was planted in 2009 and, although there have been subsequent additions and deletions, the majority of the original planting has now reached maturity. First to flower in January is the two semi circles of sarcococca that surround the circular lawn, closely followed in February by hammemelis. March/April brings colour from tulips, dicentra, and solomons seal together with the beginning of the viburnum flowering season; the Viburnum Mariesii in particular puts on a fantastic show during late April/May. Thereafter, the acers, nepetas, roses, salvias, lilies and astrantias take up the running into the autumn when the autumn colours of the acers and viburnums take over.
We planted beech hedging at the north and south ends of the east garden in 2011 and, after 5 years the arches joining the two sides were finally covered to frame the view from the vegetable garden, through the east garden and towards the south lawn and Howardian Hills.
The east side of the garden is bounded by a laurel hedge planted in 2008 to provide shelter from the cold easterly winds that can be such a feature of our winter and spring weather.