Named from the fruit trees, which still stand in this part of
the garden, the Orchard is now a small collection of exotic
trees and shrubs set in mown grass. The fruit trees are retained
mainly for their spring blossoms (although the apples and plum
all regularly bear crops) and the exotics were chosen to augment
and continue this display through the seasons – spring
blossoms and autumn tints of Amelanchier, the golden foliage
of the Robinia, the yellow flowers of the rare Aesculus flava
and the winter barks of Silver Birch and Styrax japonica.
At the foot of the western wall and separated from the lawn
by a wide, pre-cast concrete flag path, is the Long Border.
Planted for summer interest, this border offers room to pale
pink Anemone x hybrida, purple Lythrum virgatum, magenta Geranium
Ann Folkard and the purple leafed Aster lateriflorus Prinz.
Other plants here include the winter flowering Witch Hazel (Hamamalis
Diane), Euphorbia griffithii Dixter and Carex testacea plus,
in the spring a wealth of Crocus tommassinianus, sweet violets,
primula and lily-of-the valley. The old brick wall itself is
clothed along its entire length with varieties of ivy (both
Hedera helix and the large leafed Hedera colchica)