"Amazing walk and now I feel like a mini Indiana Jones" Megan Jones
Chilean Myrtle (Luma apiculata) is to be found growing in many areas of the garden. It can be easily distinguished by its smooth cinnamon-coloured bark and pretty, small white flowers.
As you walk into the garden, to the left of Gunnera
Fountain, Clerodendrum bungei (C04)* has heart-shaped
leaves and claret coloured flowers.
Another member of the same family, Clerodendrum trichotomum var. fargesii
(B05)* at the beginning of Camellia Walk and also on the banks by Beach Path
(E21)* has beautiful clusters of white tubular flowers with an amazing
perfume. The flowers are followed by
bright blue berries.
Around the Chris Cross (E11)* the highly scented Ageratina ligustrinum (Incense Bush) is filling the air with its perfume. Nearby are two varieties of Japanese anemones, actually natives of China but grown in Japanese gardens for centuries, they flower from August through to late October.
On the path running down from the Amphitheatre (H17)* take a look at the two Wollemi Pines; thought to be extinct and only discovered in 1994, these are some of the world’s oldest and rarest trees and date back over 64 million yrs.
If you stand on the bridge over Mallard Pond (G24)* there is a profusion of plants in flower: Rudbeckia ‘Goldsturm’ (bold yellow flowers with black centre), Persicaria bistorta ‘Superba’ (erect spikes of red flowers), Salvia ‘Phyllis Fancy’ (lilac white flowers with deep lilac calyxes) and Eryngium pandanifolium or Giant Sea Holly (tall branched stems with clusters of small tufty pinkish-purple flowers) to name but a few.
Finally, your attention must be drawn to our spectacular two acre planting of Hydrangeas; mostly china blue mopheads and lace-caps but look out for H. macrophylla ‘Ayesha’ with unusual cup shaped petals and H. mac. ‘Enziandom’ – the deepest blue of all Hydrangeas.
(* denotes grid ref. on garden map).