With a design based on the microscopic leaf structure of native beech (Fagus sylvatica) ash (Fraxinus excelsior) and oak (Quercus robur), the lower terrace places a 21st century twist on the traditional parterre. The compartments are planted out with approximately 5000 tulips (Tulipa spp.) in autumn every year, with the resulting spring display typically featuring 12 or so varieties. Following the lifting of bulbs in early summer, bedding plants are planted into the compartments to make a display for the remainder of the season.

Although colour schemes for the bedding display may vary between years, plant selection relies on the use of certain key genera such as ornamental Brassica spp., Diascia spp., Heliotropium spp. and Rudbeckia spp. Against the southern wall, there is a late summer border featuring cultivars of Aconitum carmichaelii, Anemone spp. Aster spp. and Veronicastrum spp. These flowering perennials complement the bright colours of the summer bedding display whilst softening the parterre
perimeter.

Plant List

Lower Terrace

  • Aconitum carmichaelii
  • Actinidia kolomikta
  • Agapanthus ardernei hybrid
  • Alchemilla mollis
  • Allium sphaerocephalon
  • Anemone hupehensis 'Bodnant Burgundy'
  • Anemone x hybrida 'Honorine Jobert'
  • Anemone x hybrida 'Königin Charlotte'
  • Arbutus unedo
  • Artemisia ludoviciana 'Valerie Finnis'
  • Aster novae-angliae 'Septemberrubin'
  • Astrantia major 'Alba'
  • Buxus sempervirens (Paterre Hedging)
  • Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster'
  • Camassia leichtlinii subsp.leichtlinii Caerulea Group
  • Campanula lactiflora 'Prichard's Variety'
  • Celastrus orbiculatus
  • Chaenomeles speciosa 'Moerloosei'
  • Clematis 'Huldine'
  • Cornus kousa var.chinensis
  • Crambe cordifolia
  • Echinacea purpurea 'White Swan'
  • Elaeagnus 'Quicksilver'
  • Eriobotrya japonica
  • Eryngium x tripartitum
  • Euphorbia characias
  • Euphorbia characias subsp.wulfenii Margery Fish Group
  • Euphorbia x pasteurii
  • Euphorbia schlingii
  • Fagus sylvatica (Hedge Tunnel)
  • Galega officinalis
  • Geranium 'Brookside'
  • Geranium himalayense
  • Geranium renardii
  • Hesperis matronalis
  • Hesperis matronalis var.albiflora
  • Hydrangea quercifolia
  • Iris 'White City'
  • Limonium platyphyllum 'Violetta'
  • Linaria purpurea 'Canon Went'
  • Macleaya microcarpa 'Kelways Coral Plum'
  • Miscanthus sinensis 'Gracillimus'
  • Miscanthus sinensis 'Undine'
  • Nepeta 'Six Hills Giant'
  • Panicum virgatum 'Warrior'
  • Perovskia atriplicifolia 'Blue Spire'
  • Philadelphus 'Manteau d'Hermine'
  • Pileostegia viburnoides
  • Romneya coulteri
  • Rosa 'Climbing Iceberg'
  • Rosa 'Felicia'
  • Rosa 'Fritz Nobis'
  • Sarcococca confusa (low hedging)
  • Schizophragma hydrangeoides
  • Sedum 'Matrona'
  • Sedum spectabile 'Brilliant'
  • Selinum wallichianum
  • Stipa brachytricha
  • Styrax hemleyanus
  • Teucrium hircanicum
  • Thalictrum delavayi
  • Thalictrum flavum subsp.glaucum
  • Tilia x europaea 'Pallida' (Pleached)
  • Vernonia arkansana
  • Veronicastrum virginicum 'Apollo'
  • Veronicastrum virginicum 'Lavendelturm'
  • Veronicastrum virginicum 'Spring Dew'
  • Wisteria floribunda 'Macrobotrys'