The Pond GardenSaturday, August 15, 2015 - by Timothy Fraser
Tucked away in a far corner of the Rose Garden, you will find the Pond Garden; although once you enter its domain, it reveals a peculiar world all its own.
The Pond Garden eventually tails off to a small, shady fern walk, with itself leads you on to the sun-kissed Herb Garden.
The Pond Garden is more about the exotic pool-side planting than the pool itself, which is quite modest in size.
The planting of the bamboo pseudosasa japonica and phyllostachys nigra ‘black caned bamboo’ creates an esoteric ‘transparent’ screen, which encloses a secluded dining area.
Giant-leaved ‘ornamental rhubarb’ Rheum palmatum ‘Atro-sanguineum’, moisture-loving Rodgersia pinnata, Rodgersia podophylla and phorbium tenax all help to deliver a luxurious ambience reminiscent of far-flung places to delight in an enchanting mid-summer evening banquet.
The knotweed, Polygonum amplexicaule ‘Atrosanguineum’, is a stalwart of this planting area; with its rich crimson flowers, it continues to give an opulent and lavish display from the beginning of July until the autumn frosts.
Its large leaves blend in with the water-side planting and provide just enough colour to ‘lift’ the sub-tropical foliage planting.
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