A magnificent London plane tree dominates this garden and provides shade for early spring bulbs and a variety of hellebores, primulas, skimmia, brunnera, epimediums. and other shade-loving plants. Herbaceous perennials including geraniums, artemisia ‘Powis Castle’, iris pallida, romneyas, and peonies are planted in sunnier areas. The rocky slopes are also home to assorted euphorbia species and a mass planting of potenilla ‘Abbotswood Silver.’
Shrubs include the rare acnistus australis, an unusual southern hemisphere plant adorned with bluebells every summer. Drought-tolerant plants are used extensively here as lower rainfall influences plant choices. The foliage of variegated eleagnus and golden choisya brightens the shade and are deer resistant. Purple allium giganteum bloom in early summer, followed by the dark blue flowers of salvias and sweeps of calla lilies and schizostylis.