The first area of the decorative garden to be developed was the Woodland Garden. This is a series of beds informally edged with the trunks of some of the smaller trees that we have removed from the garden (mostly leylandii) and accessed on bark covered paths. The planting features acers, ferns and a small collection of hollies, amongst which are smaller plants that will enjoy the eventual resulting dappled sunlight which we hope will give a woodland feel. The view from the kitchen is through the Woodland Garden westwards over farmland to a ridge from which we get magnificent sunsets and which will backlight particularly the acers and ferns.
Although there is much filling out to be done as the plants grow, this year in this area we have enjoyed intimate plant combinations such as Pulmonaria ‘Lewis Palmer’, Arum italicum ‘Green Marble’ & Narcissus ‘Curlew’ (right) and more recently the warm glow of Tulipa ‘Ballerina’ with the zingy golden lime-green of Euphorbia polychroma ‘Midas’ (left).