Planting Scheme

Nick Dwyer, the plantsman, has transformed the layout and planting scheme for the Secret Garden. 

 

Inspired by visits to Nymans and Great Dixter, Nick's aim at the Secret Garden has been to create an intimate setting where small details engage the visitor. His planting is establishing a year-round structure against which the play of seasonal colour delights the eye. He has achieved this backbone by planting large grasses such as Miscanthus and Pampas; leathery-leaved evergreens like Phormium, Mahonia, Gunnera, Aucuba and Holly; and tall colourful perennials including Hollyhocks and Cardoons. To complement the existing Apple trees he has introduced Mulberry, Quince and Medlar.

 

Nick has opened up a wooded area of the garden by cloud-pruning the Spindle Bushes into simple geometric shapes and by underplanting them with spring flowers and summer bulbs. He has planted traditional ranges such as Lupins, Alliums, Dahlias, Lavender and Nigella throughout the garden; and has favoured tall, structural flowers to bring height as well as colour to the borders. These complement the Roses and Alstroemeria already established here. He has left a lawned space for the display of temporary exhibitions of major outdoor sculpture.

 

Plants that you will find in the garden:
 

Acanthus -Bears’ Breeches

Achillea

Aeonium

Alkanet 

Alstromeria

Antirrhinum - Snapdragon

Apple

Aster - Michaelmas Daisy

Aucuba Japonica -Spotted Laurel

Beech

Boston Ivy

Box

Bryony

Buddleia

Camellia

Canna

Cardoon

Carpobrotus - Hottentot Fig

Centaurea Purpurea

Ceratostigma

Cistus - Rock Rose

Cortaderia - Pampas Grass

Cosmos

Crocosmia

Dahlia

Daisy

Dianthus - Pinks, Carnation

Dipsacus - Teasel

Echinacea - Coneflower

Echium

Erigeron Sea Breeze

Erysimum - Everlasting

Wallflower

Euonymus - Spindle Tree

Euphorbia

Fatsia Japonica

Fern

Fig

Fir

Fleabane

Foxglove

Fuschia

Giant Fleabane

Gladiolus

Great Mullein

Gunnera

Hardy Geranium

Hazel

Hebe

Himalayan Balsam

Holly

Hollyhock

Horse Chestnut

Hydrangea

Iris

Ivy

Japanese Anemone

Jasmine

Lavatera - Mallow

Lavender

Lonicera

Lychnis

Mahonia

Malus - Crab Apple

Marigold

Meadow Rue

Medlar

Melissa - Lemon Balm

Miscanthus

Monkshood

Moth Mullein

Myrtle

Nerine -Guernsey Lily

Osteospermum

Passion Flower

Pelargonium - Geranium

Penstemon

Persicaria

Phlox

Phormium - New Zealand 
Flax

Photina Red Robin

Pine

Potentilla

Privet

Pyracantha

Quince

Redwood

Rhododendron

Rose (various)

Rosemary

Rowan

Rudbeckia

Sage

Salvia

Sea Lavender

Sedum

Sempervivum

Spirea

Stipa

Thyme

Tomato

Valerian

Verbena

Viburnum Tinus

Virginia Creeper

Wallflower

Yew

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