On Sunday I continued my tour of the gardens of Cornwall, first visiting Glendurgan gardens, then Trelissick, and finally the Lost Gardens of Heligan. Glendurgan was begun by the Fox family in the 1820s and is one of Cornwall’s most beautiful valley gardens. Cornwall’s mild, wet climate and mineral-rich, acidic soil provide the perfect growing conditions for a wide range of plants including rhododendrons, camellias and magnolias which flower to spectacular effect on the wooded slopes in spring alongside more tropical plantings like palm trees. At this time of year the garden is very lush and green with splashes of colour provided by Hydrangeas and a few early autumn-hued leaves. Glendurgan is also famous for its historic laurel maze, which was originally laid out in 1833 but has since been replanted.