“A newish garden, started in 2009, practically wiped out in the bad winters of January and December 2010 because of it having mostly not fully hardy plants and started again in 2011, it contains features not often seen in other gardens. It has no lawns or borders.
In the front garden, on the left walking down, is a woodland section containing, for example, Drimys Lanceolata, Arbutus Marina and beds of Pachysandra among many other items.
Crossing the drive, one enters a Co. Kerry sourced Red Sandstone flagged area planted with evergreen perennials among the joints. A combe connects two ponds, which both contain big populations of Newts. To the left, when walking around, one sees a Japanese Maple Bed under two, very tall hexagonal canopies, specially constructed to shade the trees. Following on from this is a raised Juniper bed constructed from Corronoher Sandstone from the centre of Co. Limerick. There are other raised beds constructed from Corronoher rock, one for Lewisias under a Blue Cedar and one for Thyme.
Around the house and on the patios are over 40 troughs for Alpines. The circular ones are a metre across and are individually dedicated, for example, to Saxifrages, Lewisias, Micro Conifers, Ferns, Azorellas, Sempervivums, Androsaces, etc.
In the rear garden, which is dominated by a 90′ water garden containing mostly local water plants, you first arrive at an Arid bed nestling under a glazed pergola. This has Beschornerias with their 12 feet long flowers, a 3′ Yucca Linearis, Agaves, Echeverias, Cacti, etc. These plants are not taken in for the winter.
Next is a Jungle section containing palms, bamboos, etc. Then a Fern Dell with imported and native ferns, mostly native, though. Surrounding the ferns, Red and Green Cordylines, Trachycarpus Wagnerius, Loquat, Maples, Phormiums, etc. Around the corner from here is part of the watergarden, which is deliberately being allowed to grow completely wild. Here live a resident Lizard, loads of frogs, newts, sticklebacks, etc, etc. Ducks and Moorhens visit.
Heading back down the other side of the watergarden you see a mainly Heath area with winter flowering Heathers, Kniphofias, Bamboo, etc in the middle of which are a large Sempervivum covered limestone boulder and a striking metal sculpture. From this, it leads up to the main patio, overlooking the watergarden. There is a Japanese Pagoda here in which you can sit and look out over the waterlilies. ”
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