A July Visit to Packwood House Garden

Packwood House July 2013

On a beautiful sunny July summer’s day we decided to visit Packwood House (Lapworth, West Midlands B94 6AT).

Lots of nooks to explore and a wonderful relaxing place to spend a couple of hours admiring the flowers.

People were picnicking and children were playing cricket – an old world English garden in which to relax.

Packwood House - a feast of flowers

Packwood House – a feast of flowers

Packwood House - One of the borders

Packwood House – One of the borders

Packwood House border

Packwood House border

 

The herbaceous borders were in their prime with a tapestry of colour and I loved the repeat planting of perennials against the high brick wall.  Probably the best herbaceous borders I have seen anywhere.

Packwood House

Packwood House

Packwood House - Yew with a view

Packwood House – Yew with a view

The yew garden is special and is planted to represent the Sermon on the Mount and you can climb the spiral path to the top.  Yew with a view!  We were watching a man cutting them and wondering how long it took!  Definitely a full time job.

I bought a day lily and ornamental grass in the shop grown by the NT which were reasonably priced.  Unfortunately no café to complete the visit but they are busy building one scheduled for completion by Autumn 2013.

I highly recommend a visit and hope you enjoy our photos.

Top Shrubs

Weiglia Florida Variegata

Shrubs are important in the garden, giving height, structure and interest when nothing else is awake.   There are some beautiful specimens and they give years of pleasure.

Having heavy clay soil I have tried to find suitable shrubs and then worked in loads of compost before planting.  This is worth the effort as the shrubs thrive once this is done.

Here are a few that have flourished:

Wisteria Chinensis

Wisteria Chinensis

Wisteria At Coughton Court

Wisteria At Coughton Court

 

Wisteria Chinensis.  On a visit to Coughton Court (National Trust Worcestershire) we saw a Wisteria trained as a tree with an umbrella type frame.  I was inspired and decided to try growing one as a tall shrub with a wooden stake.  This year it looked beautiful although not quite up to NT standards I’m afraid.  Will have to be patient!  Very easy to grow and prune as a tall shrub.

Weigela Bristol Ruby

Weigela Bristol Ruby

Weigela Bristol Ruby.  Deciduous shrub producing very pretty pink flowers in spring with attractive dark foliage all year.  Each year I take a few old shoots out from the base to keep it healthy.

Weiglia Florida Variegata

Weiglia Florida Variegata

Weigela Variegata.  Deciduous shrub with pink flowers and green and cream foliage.

Sambucus Nigra Black Beauty

Sambucus Nigra Black Beauty

Sambucus (Elder).  Deciduous shrub that I have to chop each spring to keep it in check.  Lovely dark foliage with pretty pink flowers.  Loves the sun.  Looks nice with a blue clematis growing through although this year mine has been eaten by mice.  Hey ho – will persevere for next year.

Viburnam Plicatum Mariesii

Viburnam Plicatum Mariesii

Viburnam Plicatum Mariesii.  This is stunning deciduous shrub that needs space (1.8 x 2.1m) to impress.  Flowers in spring on horizontal branches and reminds me of snow on an alpine tree.   I have mine in the front garden and have had to hack back other shrubs to show it off. This photo is taken in July after flowering.

Viburnam Carlesii

Viburnam Carlesii

Viburnam Carlesii.  This vigorous deciduous shrub produces massive rounded balls of fragrant white flowers in spring.  3 years ago it was eaten by Viburnam beetle which I understand can kill the plant.  My approach was to chop it down to about 2 feet and start again.  I have to say this is not the recommended treatment but as I don’t use chemicals I took a radical approach.  No sign of a return of the beetle I am happy to report and this year it has  grown to about 3 metres and was covered in flowers. This photo was taken in July after flowering. I will have to wait until next year to get a photo with flowers.

Sarcococca (Christmas Box)

Sarcococca (Christmas Box)

Sarcococca (Christmas Box). Smallish evergreen shrub with shiny leaves and rather ordinary looking.  I have grown mine in a pot by the front door as in winter it produces tiny white flowers which give off a delicious strong fragrance.  Everyone asks what it is!

My Favourite Rose Bushes And Climbing Roses

Roses Roses are a delight and very easy to grow.  It was the first thing I wanted to plant when we moved into our 1930s house with a long west facing garden.  I devoured the rose catalogues and ordered roses with great expectations of a fragrant … [Continue reading]