The Planting Scheme



The garden is divided by wide gravel paths into eight sectors with five-metre-wide beds against each of the four walls and a central circular rose garden. Each of these areas is being developed with a unique style to provide contrasts of colour and texture throughout the year.

The ‘White Garden’ within one of the beech circles

The sensory garden comprises three copper beech circles.  These contain respectively ‘white’, ‘fragrant’ and ’empty’ gardens to reflect the senses of sight, scent and sound.  A large oak forms a fourth circle.

We have retained several of the original trees from when the garden was used by the Council as a tree nursery and have added shrubs and ground cover to these in the woodland garden to give autumn colour.  The varied canopy of the planting will create a ‘natural’ feel to this space.

Hornbeam walk with lavender and lady’s mantle

Adjacent to the woodland garden is the yew maze (planted in 2014) and mirroring this, across the hornbeam walk, the ‘biodiversity meadow’ has its own small maze of curving paths cut through the long grass in the summer.  This meadow space is home to a very wide variety of native perennial plants providing habitat for bees, flies and butterflies throughout the summer.

The hornbeam walk is planted with a symmetrical avenue of hornbeams planted in 2008.  These give this walk a more formal air, softened with a limited palette of blue and pale green.  

Strawberry beds

The apple walks and orchard contain over fifty different apple varieties including several heritage and uncommon Scottish varieties.  Adjacent are the soft fruit beds with raspberries, blackcurrants, redcurrants, gooseberries and strawberries.

The ‘winter garden’ is being planted with willows, dogwoods, snake-bark maples and birches with ornamental stems that will glow in many different colours and textures in winter contrasting against the evergreen ground-cover.

The final two sectors are currently open grass but there are plans for a walkway between these two open spaces with climbers raised across the path on pergolas leading to the central rose circle.

West-facing herbaceous border

The herbaceous borders against the east and west walls are the most established areas of planting in the garden. The border against the west wall receives the early morning sun and will provide a display of pastel colours running the full length of the garden from one pavilion to the other.  

By contrast, the colour scheme on the east side of the garden is warm oranges and reds which will glow in the afternoon sun giving a strikingly colourful contribution to the garden all year round.  These walls are also home to a number of espaliered apple trees and shrubs.

The random planting in the side borders gives a ‘cottage garden’ feel that contrasts with the diagonal stripes of soft yellow and blue beside the path to the centre of the garden.


Vegetable beds beneath the south-facing wall

Vegetable beds beneath the south-facing wall

The area against the south wall is being planted with shrubs and small trees that have berries to attract the birds and faces the hedge of mixed native trees and shrubs bounding the maze and meadow gardens.

Vegetable gardens run right along the wall to the north of the garden divided into eight-metre plots by clipped box hedges.  These beds yield an abundance of vegetables all summer.

The wall here, being south facing, provides a wonderful microclimate for growing some of our more tender plants – cherries, plums, a peach and apricot tree – that produce basket loads of delicious fruit and we have a permanent planting of asparagus.