Lesley Jenkins quickly discovered that the age of the site demanded formality in the garden design and so she created three north-south and three east-west vistas. The resulting linearity of these vistas together with the hedges, walls and paths have created a number of separate gardens, with each one having its own style and ethos.
The planting style is best described as controlled exuberance with a definite emphasis upon perennials. Colour, form and scale are all important. There is much in the garden for the plant enthusiast and the garden is bursting with design ideas. The range of plants is very wide resulting in significant collections of clematis, salvias, phlox and roses.