introduction to Bradenham Hall Garden & Arboretum
manufacture and sell our own high quality garden labels
garden's layout, maps of the walks, colour photographs
information, the Arboretum's layout and a list of our trees
we're open and how to find us, with maps to print
brief history and background information
The garden is divided into a series of "rooms" by
the use of Yew hedges.
The Hall & Walled Gardens
A - Courtyard Garden
the wall plants round the House & buildings are GARRYA elliptica,
VITIS coignetiae, AZARA var. Serrata, EUONYMUS, Clematis &
Roses. The raised area to the North is a mixture of vegetables
with Roses, Iris, Paeonias, Peaches, Plums & Figs.
B - Budgies
These Budgies were free-flying. The huge increase
in the number of hawks has finished this. This area is being redesigned
around a new aviary and tea seating area.
C - Old Barn
This Barn is one of the oldest in the area and
the shrubs around it include LONICERA tellmanniana, AZARA macrophylla,
DRIMYS winei, EUONYMUS japonica `Aureopictus`, ACTINIDIA chinensis,
ACTINIDIA kolomikta and CARPENTARIA californica together with
D - Kitchen Garden
A real "Jardin Potager" divided by the
twin borders of the "Dogs Breakfast" which are backed
by hedges of LABURNUM. The white WISTERIA sinensis `Alba` is an
outstanding one, together with BUDDLEJA colvilei, ITEA ilicifolia,
PIPTANTHUS laburnifolius and Figs.
E - Clock Bed & Front Door
This bed is grey and red and includes MAHONIA lomarifolia,
COLQUHOUNIA coccinea and CLEMATIS `Bill Mackenzie`, near by CEANOTHUS
conch and on the house Loquat and VITUS purpurea.
F - The Terrace
The Yews and arch at the East end were the only Yews existing
in 1952. The urns are replanted differently each year, made more
complicated by the windy site. The WISTERIA sinensis would like
more space. The roses below are ROSA Frensham and ROSA Bright
G - Children's Garden (Private)
Leading off the terrace is a secluded Children's
Garden, which is private.
H - Nuttery
At its best in early spring, the four rows of Filberts
and two of Kentish Cobs are underplanted with Snowdrops, Aconites,
Muscari, Blue Bells and Cowslips. The hedge to the south is Copper
I - Cherry Tree Triangle
This area has been redesigned to include the
J - Back Yard
Vegetables, Fruit Cage and Bees.
K - Undesignated Area
To be redesigned
Borders & Walks
L - Philosopher's Walk
The Philosopher's Walk runs the full length of
the back of the Herbaceous Border; flanked on the right by wall
Roses and on the left by the shrub borders, including STAPHYLEA
colchica, PAEONIA 'Ludlow', VIBURNUM's onondaja, x hilleri 'Winton'
and odoratissimum, CEQNO THUS jenkyns and DECAISNEA fargesii.
M - Herbaceous Border
The two borders are divided by a paved path
with NEPETA 'Six Hills Giant' on either side, a real boon for
the Bumble Bees. The colour scheme is essentially yellow and blue
in early July, becoming richer and redder in August and returning
to yellow in Autumn. One of the Yew rooms off here is the Swimming
Pool (private), and next to it is the Paved Garden.
N - Paved Garden
This was created in 1987 from an old Floribunda
Rose Garden. PRUNUS fruiticosa 'Globosa' standards set off the
raised beds with many semi-tender plants below and MELIANTHUS
major and DATURA'S in the pots.
0 - Pleached Lime Walk
Down the steps from the Paved Garden is the Pleached
Lime Walk. The two lines of TILIA platyphyllos 'Rubra' are underplanted
with spring bulbs and Daffodils.
P - Rose Garden
Reaching its peak in early July, the Rose Garden
contains mostly old fashioned Roses with some Floribundas to add
variety of colours, the Apple and Malus trees support climbers.
Honey Fungus has been a real problem here.
Q - Woodland Border Area
This area is being redesigned. Two fine white WISTERIAs
and MAGNOLIAs tripetala and acuminata, flank the entrance to the
R - Cedar Area
Starting at the North end of the Philosopher's
Walk is the Cedar Area, part of the Arboretum. This area is planted
around a semicircular ditch, and includes a Children's Beech House,
Pet Cemetery and fine Walnut Walk leading down to the area known
S - China and The Winter Border
China, re-claimed from the woods in 1990, and planted
in 1991/92, is situated at the East end of the Burma Road (so-called
by three ex-Japanese P.O.W's staff who complained that it was
as bad as working on the original!). On its West side is the newly
planted small Winter Border, leading over the ditch to the Long
Lawnbed Border and Arboretum.
T - Long Lawnbed
Under planted with Hellebores, ANEMONE blanda,
Nerines, white Giant Colchicums and Crown Imperials, this border
contains, amongst others, RIBES, LONICERA tragophylla, DEUTZIA
monbeigii and ORIXA japonica, which gives off a strange scent
U - The Little Lawnbed
To the West of the Long Lawnbed is the Little Lawnbed,
partly shadowed by the Copper Beech, and has of interest CALYCANTHUS
floridus and RHAMNUS alaterna 'Argenteovariegata'.
You can download our Tree, Shrub & Rose catalogue, which gives
information on our garden layout - species, year of planting and
a key referring to the areas in the map.
Planting catalogue (MSWord format
Use right-click and "save as" to download to your
From L-R from top
1- The Herbaceous Border
2- The Rose Garden
3- The Terrace
4-The Rose Garden
Photos originally published by Jarrolds of Norwich