Powis Castle

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. www.nationaltrust.org.uk

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