Dixter is the kind of garden to go to when you need to have your preconceptions of “what should be planted with what” given a thorough jolt. Christopher Lloyd’s creation stands out as the expression of a great original, intent on experimentation and iconoclastic to the last. His innovative use of colour and form finds expression in a garden of remarkable richness and diversity, taking as much delight in preserving the simplicity of traditional orchid-rich meadows as it does in brilliantly composed vibrant sub-tropical plantings. ● A four-day Kent: Garden of England tour from Heritage Touring includes a visit to Great Dixter and starts from £595, including accommodation, most meals and garden visits, some with private access. Departs June 12. Heritage Touring (01794 342249; heritagetouring.co.uk).