The walled kitchen garden is full of lavender-edged borders and swaying grasses and the Norman church is now surrounded by greenery. Pear trees that were in blossom in the spring, now drip with ripening fruit.
In July the garden is transformed. Around the house and the terraces shrubs give way to bedding plants, perennials, delicate shades of roses, lilies, dahlias, agapanthus, lupins and alliums.
At the east side of the house is a lily pond, and to the front a grass terrace with views over the parkland.
A sunken garden which was cordoned off in the wet weather to prevent damage to the lawned pathway is now open.
The terraces are full of summer planting, and ornaments that went unnoticed in the spring.
The smoke bushes are in full bloom next to the classical temple.
It is a peaceful and relaxed garden in which to loiter. Sheep wander among the trees in the parkland and a ginger cat gets some shut-eye in the heat of the sun.
Hinton Ampner has been creatively planted and tended with so much to see in quite a small garden. If you are in the area during the summer months I recommend a visit. And next door is a lovely pub, the Hinton Arms, which serves excellent food.
Size: 13 acres (5.3 hectares)
- Street: Hinton Ampner
- Postcode: SO24 OLA
- City: Bramdean, Alresford
- County: Hampshire
- Country: United Kingdom