Best tulips to plant: 24 from Belcombe Court
At Belcombe Court classical parkland combines with a contemporary walled garden that in spring is alive with the bright colour of tulips. Words Anna Pavord, photography Jason Ingram
The Weilands have been at Belcombe Court for nearly 30 years. The elegant house and the outbuildings standing around it, form a rambling cluster of mellow Bath stone. Beyond the ha-ha enclosing the garden, parkland rises quite steeply to woodlands beyond. What with grottoes and temples, ponds and waterfalls, as well as an acre and a half of walled kitchen garden, owner Paul Weiland has never had to worry that the projects will run out.
What Small, landscape park of the 18th century, with areas of modern planting. Where Wiltshire. Size Garden area of about four acres adjoining parkland and wood of more than 50 acres. Soil Stony brash. Climate temperate, Hardiness zone USDA 9a.
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24 Key Tulips from Belcombe Court
Tulipa ‘Mistress Mystic’
Tulipa ‘Burning Heart’
Tulipa ‘Flaming Spring Green’
Tulipa ‘Grand Perfection’
Tulipa ‘Carnaval de Rio’
Tulipa ‘Raspberry Ripple’
Tulipa ‘Estella Rijnveld’
Tulipa ‘Temple of Beauty’
Tulipa ‘Apricot Pride’
Tulipa ‘Red Dress’
Tulipa ‘Abu Hassan’
Tulipa ‘Black Hero’
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*Holds an Award of Garden Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society. †Hardiness ratings given where available.
Address Belcombe Court, Belcombe Road, Bradford On Avon, Wiltshire BA15 1LZ. Web belcombe.com Open Open occasionally for charity, see website for details. Belcombe Court will also host this summer’s Iford Arts Festival, 21-30 August. Visit ifordarts.org.uk for more information.
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