December 3, 2023

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This popular historic back garden is awash with colourful spring tulips

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Gardening the grounds of the monumental Norman stronghold of Arundel Castle  is not for the faint hearted, and a bold and ingenious approach has understood a collection of astonishing gardens.

Whilst on an enormous scale, lots of of the layout things can be reduced down to a domestic scale and incorporated alongside other backyard tips to encourage your possess planting plans.

tulips beds and clipped topiary hedges at arundel castle gardens in spring

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The 18th Duke and Duchess of Norfolk, Edward and Georgina Fitzalan-Howard have, considering that 2002, revolutionized the historically classical english backyard of Arundel Castle

The Howards commissioned backyard garden design and style partners, Isobel and Julian Bannerman, to create some magnificent head turners.

arundel castle gardens labyrinth of red and white tulips

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The subtropical Labyrinth Back garden is one of these. Earlier a significant garden, the Bannerman’s introduced unique windmill palms, Trachycarpus fortunei and the garden now forms a grassy labyrinth planted with swirls of additional than 20,000 flame-pink Tulipa ‘Oxford’ and ‘Apeldoorn’ versus masses of ash-white, scented Narcissus ‘Thalia’. 

In a nod to naturalistic planting layout, ‘The spring bulbs are still left to naturalize quite a few tulips come back, surviving close to 3 yrs. The 5,000 potent annuals plug those gaps,’ clarifies head gardener, Martin Duncan.

wisteria and tulips pots in mediterranean garden borders at arundel castle gardens in spring

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Running with the tropical backyard garden strategies, Martin quadrupled the palms in the Collector Earl’s Backyard and piled in hundreds far more exotics, such as enormous cannas, banana crops and echium. ‘Size, condition and texture are crucial color provides the ultimate wow,’ he clarifies. 

tiered tulip displays in box parterre at arundel castle gardens in spring

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Martin requires full credit history for Arundel’s amazing spring bulb bonanza, with his staff of 7 gardeners in addition volunteers planting a significant 1.3 million bulbs in a single 10 years.

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