Royal Homes: Highgrove House
The grounds of Highgrove House in Gloucestershire are Prince Charles' passion project, and he has been working on them for over 35 years. He intended the interlinked, eclectically designed and organic gardens to 'feed the soul, warm the heart and delight the eye', and they are open for the public to explore. The house itself is surrounded by wisteria, honeysuckle, jasmine, holboellia and lilies, while the Cottage Garden is split in two. The new section is all yellow, pink and blue inspired by Tibetan silks, and the old part is quintessentially English and includes crocuses, tulips and the prince's favourite flowers, delphiniums. The Thyme Walk features 20 different kinds of thyme, as well as primroses, and ends in a lily pond. One of the most notable flowers in the grounds is the blood red 'Highgrove rose' which Charles chose specifically to be grown there.