The Gravel Garden is holding up well after weeks of hot, dry weather.
Agapanthus, Sedum, Gaura, Verbena and brilliant scarlet Zauschneria are flourishing amongst grasses and shrubs. Steal a quick glance at the beautiful, smooth trunk of Eucalyptus dalrympleana,as it is shedding its bark. The Koelreuteria’s (Golden rain tree) panicles of yellow flowers will be followed by bladder-like fruit capsules in late summer.
Enormous Gunnera leaves screen the ponds from view as visitors enter the Water Garden. Nearby Datisca cannabina might catch your eye, with its tall arching stems,attractive pinnate foliage and small green flowers, which appear in long tassels.Eupatorium, Astilbe, Lythrum and Persicaria amplexicaulis provide colour, soon to be followed by Aster and Rudbeckia. In the shallows of the ponds you will find Pontederia and the striking Thalia dealbata in flower.
The long border in the Reservoir Garden is filled with late summer flowering perennials such as Aster, Echinacea, Liatris spicata, Kalimeris, Chelone obliqua and Rudbeckia.
In the Woodland Garden, Hydrangea and the red, glistening berries of Actaea rubra (Red baneberry) are the only splashes of colour amongst all the greenery, until later this month, when Kirengeshoma and Willow Gentian start to bloom. Towards the end of August the first colchicums, often mistaken for crocuses, start to appear. In late summer the Heptacodium micinioides, a small tree, originally from China and a member of the honeysuckle family,bears small white flowers in branching sprays.