Savill Garden visit
Earlier this month Phil and I took an outing from the office to visit The Savill Garden
When driving up to the main building you are presented with an eye catching creation from architect Glen Howells “The Savill Building” with its rolling roof. There are a number of impressive gardens to visit once on the grounds including gardens dedicated to each season, a hidden garden, a new rose garden and the Glades to name but a few. Being a bright but cold winter’s day we didn’t come across many other visitors which made exploring the borders of the beautiful ponds and streams with their rustic wooden bridges and views out over the water all the more special.
A few of the more striking features were the beds of CORNUS or ‘Dogwood’. Once the leaves have dropped they reveal their thickets of strikingly coloured stems varying from deep reds, warm oranges to vibrant yellows.
Planting beds set on the horizon are lit up by their fiery colours in the depths on winter when planted on mass.
Another impressive specimen we came across that gives any gardens a rare hint of winter colour was the HAMAMELIS or “Witch Hazel”.
A particular species that caught the eye was the HAMAMELIS x intermedia ‘pallida’. This species offers sulphur coloured flowers which give off a heavenly scent. Another bonus to Witch Hazel is its impressive resistance to the frost which much of our planting could do with these days.
The third notable species of plant we passed was the splendid ARBUTUS x andrachnoides.
This particular species is renowned for its red/ brown bark peelings which make for an interesting addition to its glossy, leathery oval shaped leaves. An important key to winter planting are the evergreen shrubs and trees that give all year round interest and this specimen ticks all the right boxes and looks great in a woodland border or as specimen tree as this one demonstrated wonderfully.
Some of the man-made features we both loved included the walk way out to an amazing view over the New Rose Garden. This garden has been laid out with intricate gravel paths that wind their way round underneath the tip of the lookout point at the end of the walkway. This beautiful construction along with its circular paths and clean edged layout gives a very contemporary look and feel to this garden breathing new life into the way typically we see a rose garden.
Continuing on we happened to come across the Golden Jubilee foundation hidden away behind neatly clipped yew hedging positioned so it can be seen through the corridors of mounded shaped lavender which gives visitors fantastic views to look back on.
These were just a handful of amazing discoveries which can be found here inspiring new and exciting ideas to implement in future projects. I would recommend visiting The Savill Garden to any potential visitor for its use of space and wonderfully individual gardens with their diverse styles and planting layouts that will surely encourage any would be designer to create something as magical.
Thanks for reading our first of many garden visit blogs which I hope you have enjoyed as much as I have had writing. All the best and we look forward to you visiting again.
Mark Latchford, Designer at Cool Gardens Landscaping.