"Excitement around every corner
- a true gardeners delight" C.Sanders, Hampshire
On the Rockery above Lawn Path (F04)* there is an
extensive planting of some unusual and rare varieties of succulents. Look for Aloe polyphylla one of
nature's amazing works of art; the leaves are arranged in a perfect
spiral. This beautiful and rare plant
comes from the mountains of Lesotho, S Africa.
On the banks above the Water Garden (G05)*, the Agapanthus known as Lily of the Nile are producing globes of blue flowers on long strong stems and below, by the stream the Astilbes have graceful feathery plumes in soft shades of pink, white and red.
On Beach Path (F12/13)* and Petry's Path (I11)* the matureDogwoods (Cornus capitata, C.kousa & C.âNorman Haddenâ) are laden with creamy white flower bracts, which become tinged with pink as the month progresses.
Lomatia ferruginea (I13)* on Badger's Walk is an unusual member of the Protea family from Chile. The foliage is fern-like and deep green and the spidery flowers are scarlet, with yellow centres. Another Chilean plant flowering this month is Crinodendron hookerianum (H16)* with unusual and exotic flowers â bright red lanterns hang amidst evergreen foliage.
The 2 acre planting of Hydrangeas around Mallard Pond are now starting to show colour. They were planted in 1949 and are hand-pruned in early spring to promote the abundant flower heads. They are mostly vivid blue due to our acid soil.
Mallard Bridge (G24)* there is a variety of plants flowering, incl. S African Wachendorfia
thrysiflora (yellow flowers with large pleated leaves), Phlomis
russeliana (tall stems with tiers of yellow flowers), Stipa
gigantea (Golden Oats) and Persicaria campanulata (soft pink