Norwich Exotic Terraces

A garden set on six terraces, sun baked at the top, descending into deep shade, planted as wild and exotic plant collection. There are many rare plants from all over the world set out in Mediterranean, blue and silver, yellow, red and purple, and woodland cool colour groupings on different terraces.

The Top Terrace, looking over Whitlingham broad, Perfectly South facing, this level of the garden is planted in a Mediterranean style.

Across the top terraces with agapanthus just coming into flower with lavender and perovskia adding blue to the Mediterranean style planting.

Looking back across part of the top terrace with the dark purple Eucomis (Pineapple Plant) in the foreground.

This riot of Callistemon, or ‘Bottlebrush’ flowers is typical of the style of planting used in this gardenwith plants intended to grow together as a wild looking mass, although with just enough separation and grouping to keep a strong composition. This display lasted for around two months with a slightly purple flushed form mixing with the strong red common callistemon.

The spectacular flowers of Abutilon in flower all summer until the frost stop it from producing buds. The RHS rate this as a conservatory plant but it has overwintered for many seasons in our gardens.

Callistemon ‘Bottle Brush’ flowers from Australia, with the rare pink C. siberi ‘Injune’ photographed in mid Novemeber, with a Correa in the centre from New Zealand, in flower throughout the winter.

On the middle terraces, still in full sun, the huge bloom of the Japanese Angelica Tree, Aralia, contrasts with the dark purple spikes of Phormium ‘Black Adder’ (a form of New Zealand Flax) and the red flower spikes of Lobelia.

On the 2nd lowest terrace looking back towards the upper levels, the white flowers of Hydrangea ‘Strong Anabelle’ and ferns mark a the begining of a cooler colour pallette in the woodland style.

Exotic Woodland Norwich

Wandering deep through lush foliage, in dappled shade on a hot May afternoon. The hostas foliage is pristine with flowers about to emerge, the tree ferns have a fresh flush of fronds, happy in the humid understory, promising a great summers growth.

Huge leaves and masses of tiny ones, low growing ferns and tall red Japanese maples all fit together in this comprehensive compostion that evokes a woodland glade.

There are many different forms of the lacecap hydrangea flower in the garden, on the left we have Hydrangea villosa group, and the right the loose and open form named after Peter Chapell, the owner of a famous garden near Lymington U.K.