Ascott Park is a large expanse of mown grass dotted with specimen trees including several fine oaks, cedars and large horse chestnuts. In the spring there is a magnificent display of daffodils.
The giant evergreen sundial is possibly the most unusual garden feature at Ascott. It is composed entirely of clipped yew and box. The central gnomon, or style, is formed from two different varieties of yew grafted on to each other, with a golden ball on top and dark Irish yew below. The dial is made up of large Roman numerals in clipped dwarf golden box, while the encircling motto – ‘Light and shade by turn, but love always’ – is of Golden Yew and has a heart at either end, also clipped in Golden Yew.
The Dutch Garden is the third of the major Victorian formal features at Ascott. A long enclosure surrounded by shrubby banks an clipped hedges contains neat little formal beds, which perpetuate the Victorian bedding-out, which different colour schemes in spring and summer.
Madeira Walk is a straight gravel path 100 yards long flanked by sheltered double borders. On the north side is a sunny brick wall, against which grow various kinds of ceanothus, old roses and aquilegias, phlox, campanulas and delphiniums in shades of mauve, lilac and blue. Along the top wall is a clipped hedge of Golden Holly, while backing the opposite bed is a magnificent hedge of Golden Yew. Looking down the length of the Madeira Walk from the east end is the Tea House, designed by Devey and lined with Rust’s Vitreous Mosaic in a turquoise shade.
In 2005, Sir Evelyn de Rothschild commissioned Jaques and Peter Wirtz to design the Lynn Garden as a celebration of his marriage to Lynn Forester in 2000. With two circular water features and several large planted mounds, the Lynn Garden is regarded as a modern twist on a traditional arboretum.
A stunning collection of Magnolia trees located between the Madeira Walk and the Tulip Garden (formerly the Chinese Garden).
Situated at the end of the Serpentine Walk, the Lily Pond has long been regarded as one of the more famous features at Ascott. It is a large oval expanse of water completely covered with water-lilies in the summer. It was also designed to serve as a skating pond in the winter. The Skating Hut, a picturesque thatched timber structure designed by George Devey, still stands on the south side.