I think a good test of a garden lies in how the space feels in winter. I visited Scampston in early spring on the opening day for the new season so the famous grasses and prairie planting were still dormant. Scampston, designed by Piet Ouldolf, had long been on my must see list and for good reason.
I had a delightful day here with my children (photobombing at every opportunity). The Easter quiz kept the children occupied allowing me to devour the useful plant list issued on entry.
Lining the garden wall, a border walk of pleached limes, beech hedges, cloud pruned buxus and layers of planting including choice viburnums and peonies bursting forwards to mark the turn of the season. I spotted fascinating new leaves unfurling of the jungle like tetrapanux.
The centre of the garden is divided into fun rooms with varying themes, a vegetable plot, formal gardens of symmetrical toparies and ponds.
The wavy topped yew hedges were my favourites, partly because my children squealed with laughter while racing back and forth between them.
This is a garden of style, substance and surprises. We will return.