Water Meadow Garden

Slightly beyond the stumpery and having a more open aspect, the water meadow garden channels water from a naturally occurring underground spring, down through a series of pools towards an open water meadow. The gently drifted planting scheme incorporates marginal plants such as prickly rhubarb (Gunnera manicata) and Rodgersia (Rodgersia aesculifolia), combined with perennials such as Solidago spp., Euphorbia palustris and Astilboides tabularis. In early spring, the musky smelling flowers of skunk cabbages (Lysichiton americanus and Lysichiton camtschatcensis) provide colourful splashes of yellow and white through this area.

A wooden bridge at the lower end of the bog garden leads into a wildflower meadow through which a series of ornate channels run. On the meadow, wildflowers such as ragged robin (Lychnis flos-cuculi), buttercup (Ranunculus spp.) and rushes (Juncus spp.) can be viewed in abundance. From these lower lying parts of the gardens there are great views back up to the new arboretum and peat wall terrace areas. Recent plantings include a block of 45 Betula nigra ‘Heritage’, situated amongst waterside trees such as various cultivars of Metasequoia glyptostroboides, Taxodium distichum and Salix spp. Plans exist for further planting along the channels and other small developments such as an additional bridge crossing.