Marks Hall Gardens
The Walled Garden
Comprises five separate gardens, starting with an earth sculpture representing a new beginning, the start of the year. A Pittosporum hedge merges into the second garden, where it forms the backbone, snaking and dipping to provide support for plants such as feathery, purple Fennel and graceful fronds of Achillea ‘Moonshine’. The Pittosporum disappears through a hedge into the third and central garden. Here everything is strong and clear, where Amelanchier ‘Robin Hill’ shades the long stone seats. The line taken by the Pittosporum leaps across the garden through a series of spheres, first clipped box and then of stone. Most striking is the clipped box and stone table, from which right angles of Lavender grosso run, pierced by a contrasting line of Iris ‘Deep Black’. In the fourth garden the thread has become an undulating stonewall, and the planting is fiery red, orange, gold and yellow, where the colours last well into autumn. Finally the slate thread dives into a block of Hornbeam and disappears back into the earth, through a deep slate pool marking the end of the cycle.