Hidcote Manor Garden is one of the best-known and most influential Arts and Crafts gardens in England.
Every 'room' contained a surprise of flowers and / or architecturally pruned trees and shrubs.
I loved the poppy garden. It was resplendent with yellow flowers that shone like little suns.
Long verdant grass avenues pulled your eyes towards yet another entrance to another garden room.
I liked the large plantings of broad leafed plants of varying textures and shapes.
Large mature trees provided a kind of cradling complement to the gardens, folding everything within their shade and limbs. These gardens were about intimacy and containment rather than a 'Big Skies Montana' experience.
This beautiful adjacent woodland area alive with dappled light provided a harmonious counterpoint to the large expanse of gardens.
I remember Hidcote with some affection because it was my introduction to appreciating gardens and it was one of the best comparatively speaking. As the Tour progressed we were introduced to many other types of gardens but the quintessential English garden remains my favourite.
The small classic English Cottage Garden is really Hidcote (and many others) 'writ very small' and is something achievable by the amateur gardener working on a small scale in their own back yard.