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The picturesque summerhouse is smothered in Wisteria sinensis with twining silver grey ‘sinuous’ stems twisting anti-clockwise from a statuesque gnarled trunk. The surviving crew were all Canadian, except one who became a student at Kingston Maurward.
The summerhouse, with its curtain of fragrant lilac mauve flowers, provides an idyllic shady retreat to contemplate the view across the pool to the temple. In 1993 the garden was restored and the approach to the temple was redesigned and re-laid with curved Portland stone steps.
This garden would be planted in a similar manner with warm, bright Mediterranean colours.
Today red is still the dominant theme of this garden.
Each of these has a central feature, such as a pool, or statuary or a theme, such as Penstemon Terrace or Rose Garden.
Each garden has a distinct character of its own and the carefully orchestrated planting and plant associations, designed to give colour throughout the year, all unite to ensure an overall pattern and harmony together with the subtle blending of the formal with the informal.
This is the first garden visitors see on the approach from the Visitor Centre and was designed in the classic Italian Renaissance style, as at “La Mortola”, by the Hanburys.
In the 1930s the beautiful formal lily pond was edged with Portland stone flags, interplanted with hummocks of thyme and dwarf festucas.
A grassy path leads on to the Penstemon Terrace which is protected by dark green yew buttresses and planted with paeonies that blend with billowing sprays of starry Asters providing vertical structure and a foil to the informal drifts of penstemons.
The deep pool has spreading lily pads of stunning crimson Nymphae ‘escarboule’ and yellow N.
Chromatella waterlillies shading the fish and a striking planting at the temple end of the Umbrella plant Cyperus alternifolius a relative of the Egyptian papyrus reed.
Large terracotta pots and amphorae filled with geraniums were placed in Mediterranean fashion at the corners of the pool.
At one end there was a delightful summerhouse and the steps leading to a viewing mound and Greek temple at the other.
A tranquil, peaceful and intimate spot, the gardens are beautifully situated in undulating Dorset countryside, with a lake, canals, broad sweeping and formal gardens.