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