The Front Garden
|A large, sunny courtyard fronts the house. Sheltered from the
north by the house and open to the south, this area is home
to a collection of evergreen and deciduous shrubs. High brick
walls to the east and west provide support for climbing roses
and the facade of the house is festooned with a magnificent
mature Wisteria that dominates the garden.
Although the garden is mostly paved in stone flags and bricks,
there are borders on the southern and western sides. A rich
variety of plants include large specimens of Choisya ternata,
Ceanothus, Cotinus coggygria purpurea, Griselinia littoralis,
Mahonia x media and Tamarix.
These are underplanted with smaller
shrubs such as Skimmia japonica, Euonymus alatus, lavender,
rue and broom. Herbaceous plants include Alstoemeria, peony,
hardy geraniums and a fine drift of scarlet and white oriental
poppies. A stately old rosemary bush greets the visitor at the
foot of the steps to the front door, which is guarded to the
left by a canon, and to the right by a recumbent lion.