A wander around Waterperry Gardens teaches a master class in how to extend a garden’s colour to the year’s end. The formidable Beatrix Havergal may no longer be around, but the legacy of her horticultural school and gardens live on. Miranda’s and the long herbaceous borders may be the most famous, yet there are many other colourful tips to pick up throughout Waterperry Gardens.
Many visitors were attracted to a bright yellow, star performer in Seb’s Garden and Rock Garden. Such a bright daffodil yellow is normally associated with spring. Was it a crocus?
Waterperry labels its plants well, so we all discovered Sternbergia lutea. It has a host of common names reflecting visitors’ confusion on its identity: Winter Daffodil, Autumn Daffodil, Fall Daffodil, Lily-of-the-field and Yellow Autumn Crocus.
You could also find various Autumn Crocus species in the garden. Hurricane Lorenzo seemed to have flattened most of the Autumn Crocus that I had seen earlier that week. Waterperry has selected varieties with stronger stems and grouped them together better for support.
A Group 3, late-flowering Clematis was particularly eye-catching for its bright yellow flowers and exuberant, silky seedheads. It grows prolifically against the Walled Garden.
Grasses are used to particularly good effect in borders at Waterperry. Their pale colours and movement stand out on drab and windy autumn days after summer flowers have long gone. They sparkle in autumn sunshine or on frosty mornings.
The orange autumn berries against a White Pampas Grass were particularly striking on a day that had bleached all colour out of the sky.
My favourite garden room was the Formal Garden with its Tudor Knot design. It is a designated Silent Space within the gardens. I love the autumn planting of Stipa tenuissima and Sedum around the little girl’s statue. It is hard to resist running your fingers through this low feathery grass, commonly called Mexican Feather Grass.
Other plants that caught my eye at Waterperry were the following:
Some beautiful roses caught my eye too. The delicate pink of Rosa ‘Bonica’ contrasted against healthy, grey-green foliage.
And, of course, there were beautiful autumn leaves on view:
I wonder how Waterperry’s Head Gardener ever has time to sit in her chair in the walled kitchen garden?
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