The backdrop helps - a medieval castle, late17th/early18th century terraces, massive yews, and a stupendous
panorama of Welsh border countryside. But the borders here are extensive and sumptuous, ranging from massed
hollyhocks to tropical bedding, and there is a long tradition of experimentation with plants and planting
combinations at Powis Castle, so repeat visits are recommended. Luckily, it is on my doorstep, and I have
been able to follow the goings-on closely since the 1980s.
The red, orange and yellow Orangery Terrace borders are my favourite, but I wish the present gardening staff would
stop adding purple to them.