"I think its a magical garden, I love it" Alice, aged 9

Looking good in the Garden July 2015

On the Rockery above Lawn Path 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, the Agapanthus known as Lily of the Nile or African Lily 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 and Petrys Path, the mature Dogwoods (Cornus capitata, C. kousa & C. x ‘Norman Hadden’) are laden with creamy white flower bracts, which become tinged with pink as the month progresses.  They are native to eastern Asia.

The 2 acre planting of Hydrangeas are now starting to show colour.  They were planted in the 1950’s 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, there is a variety of plants flowering, inc. 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)Looking Good in the Garden


Cornus capitata