Forty tons of unhewn grey Kington Rock have been set into a steep slope, creating two majestic staircases and multiple informal borders. The planting flows down the rocky glacier in successive waves of white and blue. A gentler spring display of white scilla, snowdrops and narcissus, blue pulmonaria and brunnera is followed by the dramatic spires of Campanula latiloba and white digitalis in June and July. In the late summer and autumn, white hydrangeas are dotted through cascades of white Japanese anemones, blue asters and roscoeas. The ancient feel of the scenery is enhanced by a collection of architectural ferns.

The top of the slope is lined with viburnums, acers, azaleas, hamamelis and various exotic shrubs, under-planted with various species of woodland natives. Here, as elsewhere, clematis weave their way through the surrounding bushes and hedges.

Primitive carved redwood columns sprawl amongst the dark green tree ivy and majestic ferns that line the southern slope of the rocky gorge. Cardiocrinums and zantedeschias scatter dots of light through this sombre landscape.

Rockery Highlights

Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
Hellebores YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES
Stachyurus chinensis YES YES YES
Pulmonaria YES YES YES
Erythronium YES YES YES YES
Azaleas YES YES YES YES YES
Dicentra spectabilis YES YES YES YES
Foxgloves YES YES YES YES
Campanulas YES YES YES YES
Clematis heracleifolia YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES
Roscoea YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES
Asters YES YES YES YES
Japanese anemones YES YES YES YES YES YES

Emerging on top of the Rockery, an oak arbour clad in wisteria and roses leads into the formal elegance of

the South Garden