Yew trees at National Trust Lanhydrock Gardens CornwallLanhydrock Gardens Cornwall

In the wonderful formal gardens set within Lanhydrock's castellated walls stand close clipped yews set in immaculate lawns. In between the yews there are a series of rose beds, each planted with a different species.

In the upper part of Lanhydrock Gardens you can gaze in wonder at plants that have no right to grow as big as they do. In the Spring the Veitchii border is home to large magnolia blooms. Narrow grass paths are full of wonderful fragrances from the choice shrubs. The herbaceous circle at Lanhydrock Gardens, laid out by Lady Clifden just before the First World War, is a must for any late Spring or Summer visitor. The circle is neatly quartered by grass paths, and there are laminated bed plans from which the plants can be readily identified.

Another Lanhydrock Gardens delight is in early Summer when the deciduous azaleas are out in flower. On a warm morning sunny morning the sight and scent of their stunning flower displays is remarkable and worth the climb up from the house. If you are very lucky you may catch the foxglove trees Paulowinia tomentosa in flower. They have tall. lilac-purple spikes of flowers up to 12 inches long - part of the aristocracy of the flower world.