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Shady Garden


A place of spring colour and cool refuge on a hot day

The elegant spring colour and fragrance of the shrubs give way to the dappled shade of the trees in summer in this secluded garden.

The collection of azaleas, rhododendrons and camellias found here in the Shady Garden afford it with elegant spring colour and fragrance. The vibrancy of this spring colour gives way to the dappled shade of the trees during the summer, giving this garden its name.

The large False acacia tree (Robinia pseudoacaccia) provides most of the shade in the garden, ensuring it is cool refuge on a hot day. Positioned to the right of the False acacia tree can be found a weeping Copper beech tree, believed to be Fagus sylvatica “Purple Fountain”. The leaves on its pendulous branches emerge purplish red in the spring turning a tinge of green then a golden bronze in the autumn.

Recent re-development in the garden has allowed replanting of the border opposite the False acacia tree. New planting of paniculate and oak-leaved Hydrangeas (Hydrangea paniculata and H.quercifolia), together with Mock oranges (Philadelpus “Snowbelle”) and a Smoke bush (Cotinus coggygria “Royal Purple”) will provide interest through the summer and autumn. This combined with the evergreen planting and secluded position of this garden ensures a place of interest and calm throughout the year.

  • Not accessible via wheelchair
  • Dogs welcome on leads
  • Azaleas, rhododendrons and camellias

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