Tucked into the valley of the River Torridge, Rosemoor has been subtly designed to fit within the preexisting field pattern. The garden has a strong sense of place, with traditional techniques and local materials used throughout. The planting is rich and varied, with meadows in parkland, woodland gardens, ornamental lakes and ponds, and the unique shaded gully garden. The Formal Garden features roses, borders and themed plantings, and a Fruit and Vegetable Garden rounds off a diverse palette of plants – but then having spent 22 years as curator there I guess I would say that, wouldn’t I? ● From £1,035 full-board including entrances to all gardens for an eight-day North Devon Garden tour, departing July 15. HF Holidays (0345 470 8558; hfholidays.co.uk).