Upper Terrace

On the upper terrace, a Mediterranean climate walled border and small vegetable and fruit growing area are situated around the main planting, which has a prairie feel. Pencil yews (Taxus baccata ‘Fastigiata’) punctuate low grasses such as tufted fescue Festuca amethystina, switch grass (Panicum virgatum ‘Shenandoah’) and African lovegrass (Eragrostis curvula). During summer, many spires of hooded, pale yellow flowers of Phlomis russeliana dominate the top terrace, accompanied by selected cultivars of Salvia nemorosa, Salvia x sylvestris and delicate purple Allium sphaerocephalon.