The warmest spot in the Gardens

Sunken Garden

This garden is mainly below the level of the surrounding garden and, at some points, at eye level with plants. It is the warmest spot in the Gardens.

There are lots of scented plants in the garden which like the heat of the sun and on a warm day their perfume pervades. It also has a beautiful cascading water fountain which the birds enjoy using for bathing and drinking.

The dry raised beds provided ideal conditions for many South African plants such as watsonias and scented gladiolus which need sharp drainage.

The dianella, from New Zealand, has taken over a large area and you can see this magnificant plant covered in full Oxford blue berries late in the season. The tree, a lotus, has tiny edible fruits in the autumn and a lemon flowered clematis growing through it, with a ground cover of blue sweet peas at its feet..