There are few UK country gardens designed in a contemporary idiom, and even fewer regularly open to the
public. Scampston gives you full immersion in new wave perennial planting, designed by Dutch plantsman
Piet Oudolf in the late 1990s.
The previously derelict 4 acre walled garden is divided into hedged
compartments, and features swathes of flowering grasses and salvias in Oudolf's
trademark purple and crimson colours. The symmetry, horizontal planes of textures, and controlled repetitions are decidedly continental, and
foster cool, objective contemplation rather than plunging you into sensuous
horticulture. It is like being in a contemporary art gallery..