Glorious gardens

Throughout the summer, Norfolk's gardens erupt into colour and are ready to be enjoyed in all their splendour, as Uniquely Away magazine discovered.

Set at the edge of the Norfolk Broads, for example, Hoveton Hall Gardens is a delightful 15-acre garden, mixing both formal and informal planting across the seasons, while in the village of Bradenham, near Dereham, gardens at Bradenham Hall feature exquisite hedges and an impressive arboretum.

In Norwich, the beautiful Plantation Garden offers three acres of hidden attraction. As well as mature trees and seasonal colour, visitors will also find an array of Gothic architectural features.

And at Mannington Hall, near Wolterton, the gardens also look splendid at this time of year. Here there are thousands of roses in areas with designs reflecting their date of origin, from the 15th century to the present day.

There is also a knot garden, with scented plants, and on the south lawn visitors will find the recently planted sensory garden.

Look out as well for the special open garden events held across Norfolk throughout the summer. On Sunday 30 June, for example, nine beautiful gardens around the idyllic village of Swannington will be open to the public.

Between 11am and 5pm, enjoy the fabulous variety of gardens, from the Manor with its 400 year-old yew hedge, which is thought to be unique in the country, to the contemporary landscape design of Heath Farmhouse.

Info: Hoveton Hall, Bradenham Hall, Mannington Gardens, Plantation Gardens.

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