Iris ensata and Candelabra Primulas in late June

Iris ensata and Candelabra Primulas in late June

Floating stepping stones take the visitor obliquely across the surface of the upper pond to a tiny waterfall spilling into the lower pond. The canopy of large oaks, cedars, and a majestic wellingtonia are reflected in these pools. The planting celebrates all seasons beginning in early spring when drifts of blue scillas, white narcissus, anemones and Japanese cherry blossoms carpet the banks and paths. Silvery-white magnolias stand out against pastel-coloured camellias and rhododendrons. They are followed in late spring and early summer by several varieties of candelabra primulas and Iris ensata.

Late in the year the Japanese inspiration is strongest with the fiery foliage of Japanese acers rising up against swathes of hydrangeas, hesperanthas, francoas and Aster divaricatus. At the far end of the pools, half hidden behind bamboo and scrubbed white birches sits a Japanese-style teahouse, built entirely from wood. The tea house has splendid views, both down onto the ponds below and up toward the house. The bark mulch path alongside it is lined with birches, bamboo, Iris sibirica, and hostas.

Stroll Garden Highlights

Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
Camellias YES YES YES YES YES YES
Scilla YES YES
Narcissus YES YES YES YES
Japanese cherries YES YES YES YES YES YES YES
Pulmonarias YES YES YES
Anemone blanda YES YES YES YES
Tree peonies YES YES
Magnolias YES YES YES YES
Candelabra primulas YES YES YES YES YES YES YES
Iris sibirica YES YES YES YES
Ranunculus aconitifolium YES YES YES YES
Geranium palmatum YES YES YES YES YES YES
Rodgersias YES YES YES YES YES
Iris ensata YES YES YES YES
Astrantias YES YES YES YES YES YES
Dieramas YES YES YES
Lobelias YES YES YES YES
Kirengeshoma palmata YES YES YES YES YES YES YES
Hydrangeas YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES
Hesperanthas YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES
Tricyrtis YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES

Crossing the drive, the journey continues

into the park