Pure clay soil and being on the north side of the hill are two of the challenges and wind has also been a problem, but solved by planting beech hedging and shelter belts. The lawn on the south side of the early 19th Century house is enclosed by herbaceous borders, giving way to shrub roses and then the woodland garden where the golden borders (a particular favourite) always seem sunny even on a grey day. A planting of meconopsis and Primula japonica 'Postford white' are two of the sights amongst azaleas and species and hybrid rhododendrons. The north side has formal borders framing the view from the house to Craigie Castle and (on a clear day) Ben Lomond, with modern shrub rose borders on each side. Recent work has seen the beginnings of a bog garden.
Over half of the gardens are taking part to support open garden charity Scotland’s Gardens Scheme which raises money for hundreds of local charities.