Monday, 5 September 2011

Red Border steps

The Red Border ends with steps leading up to the gazebos, and on to the pleached Hornbeams of the Stilt Garden with Heaven’s Gate framing the view over the Vale of Evesham

Clematis viticella ‘Rubra’ having a good old scramble about the place

This gazebo leads out to the Long Walk

Cuphea cyanea which is excellent for displaying in pots

Cosmos atrosanguineus, the Chocolate Cosmos that smells of cocoa! Bombus and honeybees are particularly partial to these blooms

6 comments:

Janet said...

Can we have a photo of the "pleached hornbeams" please Are they easier to do than limes?
Te planting combinations are great and such a lovely setting.

Helen O'Donnell said...

Lovely scene. That clematis is SO good!

Wife, Mother, Gardener said...

C. Rubra seems a very useful climber to have around this time of the year.

Amazing axis of views in that spot! Thanks for the update, Bertie!

Bertie Bainbridge said...

C. 'Rubra' is a real gem and one on the list to propagate! Janet certainly I will have a closer look at the Stilt Garden! I think Lime grows faster but with the Stilts as my reference point, pleached Hornbeam looks much better than any pleached Limes I have seen. Hornbeam has a far finer leaf which is more suitable for the neat formal shapes of this technique. Although I must say I am very keen on Lime allowed to grow as a tree!

Diane said...

The steps and gazebo are so wonderful. For me, those are the kinds of things that just make gardens so interesting!

Prue said...

This area is one of my favorites! I love all the pots going down the steps this year. The chocolate cosmos with the canna lilies is a very felicitous combination too.
Cracking photos, Bertie.

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