Young foliage in early May

Young foliage in early May

Several tons of unhewn grey Kington Rock have been strewn about a steep slope to give this woodland garden structure and to create multiple informal borders as well as staircases and walkways. The planting flows down the rocky glacier in successive waves in white and blue. Adding to the ancient wild feel are campanulas, salvias, hellebores, roscoeas and white digitalis.

Higher up on the bank beside the lawn viburnums stand alongside acers, azaleas, hamamelis and various exotic shrubs, under-planted with brunnera, pulmonaria, narcissi, hellebores and other 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 which line the southern slope of the rocky gorge. Cardiocrinums and zantedeschias scatter dots of light through this sombre landscape.

The 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

A tunnel in a deep laurel hedge at the far end of the Rockery opens onto the first of two artificial ponds in

the Stroll Garden