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- a true gardeners delight"
C.Sanders, Hampshire

Looking good in the Garden July 2016

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.’Norman Hadden’) 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 – 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.


By 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 flowers).