"Excitement around every corner
- a true gardeners delight" C.Sanders, Hampshire
Looking Good in the Garden in July 2014
As you leave the Visitors Centre the large tree by the Gunnera fountain, Liriodendron tulipifera (Tulip Tree) has green and orange tulip-shaped flowers in amongst its foliage.
On the Rockery above Lawn Path (F04)* there is an extensive planting of some unusual and rare varieties of Aeoniums & Agaves.
On the banks above the Water Garden (G05)* the Agapanthus, known as Lily of the Nile or African Lily are excelling themselves this year, possibly due to the mild winter. Further down the Water Garden the Astilbes (G06)* are looking pretty with their graceful feathery plumes in soft shades of pink, white and red.
On Beach Path and Petrys Path, the mature Dogwoods (Cornus kousa) are laden with creamy white flower bracts. They are native to eastern Asia.
Hydrangea valley Two acres of Hydrangeas take centre stage at this time of year. They were planted in the 1950s and are hand pruned in early spring to produce the abundant flower heads. They are mostly vivid blue due to our acid soil and are looking particularly stunning this year.
By Mallard Bridge (G24)* there is a variety of plants flowering, incl. South African Wachendorfia (pink flowers with pleated leaves), Phlomis russeliana (tall stems with tiers of yellow flowers), Stipa gigantea (Golden Oats) and Persicaria campanulata (soft pink flowers).
(*denotes guidebook map grid ref.)