The Paved Garden
|This area contains a number of bed, borders and specimen plants
linked by areas of brick and York stone paving and dominated
by two large trees – the Ash and a mature Eucalyptus
The narrow Rose Border is planted with a single variety, Rosemary
Rose. Extra colour and variety is achieved by allowing self-sown
Lychnis coronaria, Stachys byzantinus and Aubretia to colonise
the ground beneath the roses.
On the eastern side of the garden are two small beds –
the Iris Bed and the Phormium Bed. As their names imply, one
contains a small collection of bearded iris and the other
a specimen Phormium colensoi (syn. P. cookianum) with more
iris and self-sown Campanula persicifolia.
At the very end of the garden are the Maple Borders, named
for the three Japanese maples that form the core of these
Other woodland plants, deciduous azaleas, dwarf rhododendrons,
sarcoccoca, Solomon’s seal, Campanula portenschlagiana
and Heuchera Palace Purple join the maples and in spring the
whole border is a carpet of crocus and other minor bulbs The
old wall that backs these borders not only carries variegated
ivy but also supports an English yew, trained and clipped
tight against its face.
The Back Border, tucked behind a weeping silver-leaf pear
(Pyrus salicifolis pendula) and a large clump of bamboo, has
been used as a ‘holding bed’ for plants between
homes. However, this border does contain the golden Aucuba
japonica Variegata, Photinia x fraseri Red Robin with its
scarlet young foliage and two vigorous Akebia quinata that
scramble over the fence that divides this part of the garden
from the adjacent property.