Lytes Cary was the second manor house that we went to. The house itself was not as big nor the gardens, however the gardens were packed with beauty and inspiration. Lytes Cary was the home of herbalist Henry Lyte. He is the author of A niewe Herball and an antiquarian book, The Light of Brityane. Henry Lyte transformed the gardens around his home to reflect his profession as an herbalist. The garden was established in the 14th century and was thoughtfully improved throughout the intervening centuries.
The garden is broken into several sections the Apostle Garden, the Main Border, the Orchard, the Long Walk, the Pond Garden, the Seat Garden, the Croquet Garden, the Hornbeam Arch, the Vase Garden, the Sunken Garden and a few more that I can't remember.
The Apostles Garden: These shrubs were shaped in a very interesting way and create an interesting area for a good game of chase or tag.
This is the family chapel where Henry Lytes and his descendants held their Sunday mass. This chapel was draped in gorgeous colors by the clematis and other vines growing on its walls.
Naomi shows us the elegant doorway to the Main Border, which had plants arranged by hues. The colors slowly drifted from one shade to the next.
An interestingly shaped flower from a plant I do not know.
If any of my readers know this one please let us know.
The Long Walk-These hedges were kept in immaculate shape and definitely gave you the feeling you were going somewhere important.
The Pond Garden at the end of the Long Walk.
The borders of the Seat Garden made for an attractive backdrop.
Some other beautiful pictures and plants from the garden:
I just loved this stone entrance way.
Here is an unknown plant that as you can see has some very large leaves. It also had some wickedly thorny stems.
Another unknown plant that I thought had an interesting form and color.
Once again if you know this one let me know. I need to expand my plant knowledge.
Another garden...there was quite a bit packed into the grounds of this manor as you can tell. It was much smaller than Stourhead.