Of the five gardens we visited, Great Dixter was my favorite. I probably wouldn´t want a garden like this myself, but Dixter is just so unique and special.
The garden comes with a house that you can visit, and quite a fascinating house it is. There was no photography allowed in there, but there is a house tour on the website if you´d like to see.
The garden was created by Christopher Lloyd and I need to read more about his gardening philosophy. For me, this garden felt wild and exotic, with lots of plants I hadn´t seen before. It seemed Lloyd had a thing for tall flowers and unusual combinations. Lots of texture and bold colors. The beds were huge, borderline chaotic, and not overly maintained. Plenty of weeds and dead flower heads! I understand this was a part of his philosophy though - and really, it was quite charming. You always felt that there was a "plan", that the chaos, if you will, was intentional. When we arrived it was a little windy and standing between the billowy plants was magical.
I also really loved his meadows.
Great Dixter is also home to a "specialist nursery" and oh my this would be dangerous if I´d live nearby! Also I really, really want a green house like this.
I also asked my husband whether we maybe could create a sunken garden. I think the look on his face meant no. But hey, you can´t get when you don´t ask.