Eastleach House

Eastleach Martin

Cirencester

Gloucestershire

GL7 3NW

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The Walled Garden

 

The Walled Garden is was begun in 1987 with the re-building of most of the outer walls, the making of the pattern of paths, and the construction of the summerhouse and raised terrace.  The yew hedges, took 8-10 years to reach the required height.  To begin with the borders were mainly planted with ornamental shrubs, but a number of these have now been replaced with perennials.  This part of the garden is meant to be soft and relaxing with pastel colours, contrasting with the vibrancy of the rill garden.

The rambling rose arches are under-planted with Nepeta ‘Six Hills Giant’, the roses being R. ‘Blue Magenta’, R ‘Veilchen Blau’, R. ‘Princess Louise’ and R. ‘Dorothy Perkins’. On the lawn the fastigiated yews are garlanded with the rose ‘Blush Rambler’.

In the centre of the garden is the raised stone terrace with a central pond and fountain. The steps up have blue pots matching the blue seat. The surrounding borders are in shades of blue, yellow, white and cream. From here there is a good view across the garden over the hedges of topiary and the rose arches. The structure, a pattern of paths, gives a choice of ways and different focal points to draw the visitor on.

A central bed provides bulbs and hellebores in spring, followed by Rosa ‘Canary Bird’, Smilacena racemosa, backed by Euphorbia and Philadelphus coronarius aurea, Ceanothus ‘Concha’, and Buddleia alternifolia, together with Rosa Lichtkonigen Lucea’ in the summer months, and finishing with Hydrangeas, and ‘Tropeolum speciosum and late clematis climbing through the fastigiated yews.