Blaydon garden & Pond
Our large wildlife pond sits on the edge of a wooded valley, from its southern shore there is a view across grassland back to the house. Giant boulders form a causeway for stepping out over the water. Surrounding planting provides colour and shade with native aquatic species, flaming dogwoods and willow.
In the walled garden a formal lawn culminates in a Yew circle, a bench looks out across the top garden and down to the wildlife pond.
Planting is low maintenance with Perovskia atriplex ‘Blue Spire’ and Stachys byzantina winding their way through the top borders
amongst clumps of Calamagrostis ‘Karl Foerster’
Pleached Hornbeam link the top garden to the sunny patio area outside the greenhouse. Two stone planting troughs have become restful pools amongst planting beds, through which a hoggin path curves down to the lowest point in the garden.
This naturally boggy part of the garden is planted with species that will thrive in the moist soil. Black bamboo forms a backdrop for giant leaved bog plants such as Astilboides tabularis and Rodgersia pinnata. A gravel swale has been created to channel excess rain water through borders containing loosestrife and giant Crambe cordifolia. A sleeper bridge leads across the swale towards the lawn.