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 Gardens in 2005
 The Front Garden
 The Back Lawn
 The Long Pool
 The Orchard
 The Raised Border
 The Paved Garden
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 gunnii.

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 plantings.

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.
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