Scampston Hall

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..

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