Throughout the year in the Gardens
Seasons in the Garden
The months of April and May are absolutely amazing in the Woodland Garden. The Camellias, Rhododendrons and Azaleas both species and hybrids take it in turn to flower throughout the season. They have handsome foliage and magnificent inflorescences. The Candelabra Primulas, red, pink, purple and glorious yellow provide a carpet of colour lining the winding paths.
The ‘Olde English’ style herbaceous border is in full colour during the summer mouths. With the Melianthus major at one end and the delicate Japanese Anemones at the other the border is a delight. Old rambling Roses cover the curved garden wall from one end of the border to the other.
The formal garden at the front of the house is superb during the month of September. The plants in flower include the Dathura from southern USA with its orange and yellow 15″ trumpet flowers continue through to October. The 40′ tree from NZ, the Hoheria sexstylosa is covered in vanilla scented ivory blossoms. Hydrangeas both dome-shaped and lacecaps which surround the gravel forecourt range in colour from deep red to a magnificent white. Kniphofia, Red-hot pokers from Southern Africa enjoy the warmth of this microclimate. Myrtle Apiculata with its dark evergreen leaves is covered with small white blossoms.
Within the walled garden situated to the rear of the house, which is very sheltered, the Karingushoma Pinculata from China has beautiful small tubular yellow flowers behind this the Hyperican Rhuwellen is also in full flower. The Rumnia Californian tree poppy has large white flowers with long yellow stamens the foliage of which is of a grey/green colour. There are many Fuchsias. in flower the most beautiful of which is the Fuchsia Versicolour.
The airy pink South African Nerine Bowdenii provide a bright splash of colour to the rose beds either side of the heavy wooden door leading out of the walled garden.
There is a large collection of Acers in the woodland garden, which are all spectacular in the fall. The Palmatum “Japanese Maple” thrives in this frost-free climate the most precious of which is the “Shishio Improved”.
The Camellias begin to blossom on 1st December and they flower right the way through to May. The conspicuous flowers of white, pink and red are of the single, semi-double and double variety. These beautiful hardy shrubs of which there is a collection of over 30 species and varieties enjoy the acid soil of the woodland garden.