ABOVE The view into the Ladies Garden shows thefleurs-de-lis in box and the central ornamental metal bowl on a stone plinth. At thefoot of the arch are low mounds of silver-leaved Santolina incana; the climbing rose Albertine has been trained with honeysuckle against the wall FINE LADIES AND FLEURS-DE-LIS Broughton Castle, near Banbury, has a turbulent history; but tranquillity reigns in its moated garden. By Ursula Buchanset within a roughly square moat, which separates house and garden from rolling, wooded parkland. The whole evokes a feeling of timeless rural tranquillity which, considering the turbulent history of the family in former days, is ironic. Inside the moat the lawns are clipped, and there are mixed borders surrounding the walled Ladies Garden. The strong walls and arches create a formal and structured framework, the stark- ness of which is undermined by exuberant and dense mixed shrub and herbaceous planting in what we now consider to be the quintessential English garden style.