It was a last minute decision to visit RHS Garden Hyde Hall yesterday and so I had not researched or had any preconceptions of the garden. I was pleasantly surprised. The wide open spaces with far reaching views and diverse range of planting styles made it one of the most interesting gardens that I have visited for a while.
It was refreshing to walk along the meandering paths and admire the garden springing back to life now after the winter dormancy. The highlights for me were Cornus sanguinea ‘Midwinter Fire’ bursting into leaf and contrasting with the beautiful white daffodil ‘Thalia’; splashes of pink from the camelias in the Woodland Garden; the lush burgundy of Bergenia lining the paths everywhere; the Dry Garden with many varieties of Euphorbia, one of my favourite plants. However, possibly the main highlight of all was the Australian/New Zealand Garden which is designed around mature eucalyptus trees, tree ferns, phormiums and orange tinted Libertia, as well as and many other native plants, giving such a rich texture and definite antipodean feel.