Beneath the copper beech coppice there is natural shade, ideal for shade loving plants. A Mill Race flows through supplying water to the old mill. The Stumpery dominated by a statue of the Greek God Pan supports the many different evergreen Ferns and Hellebores and Liriopes. In the early part of the year thousands of Snowdrops carpet the ground. Gradually the Hellebores and Daffodils take over at the end of February and later in the spring a wide range of Hosta’s appear.
This border makes the most of the shady part of the garden under the tall Beeches and Lime tree along the Mill Race and includes:
- Snowdrops covering the area in February.
- A large flat border with lots of Hellebore Orientalis which come out in March and Hosta.
- The Hosta’s that are in full leaf in May include:
Hosta Patriot, Wide brim, Sum and Substance, Aureo Marginata, Francee, Cracker Crumbs, Gold Standard and Blue Danube.
- Tall plants at the back of the border:
Telekia, Rudbeckia Herbstrome, Helianthus Lemon Queen and Rheum Atrosanguineum
- A collection of mostly evergreen Ferns on the slope:
Asplenium Scolopendrium Cristata, Athyrum Felix Femina, Arachnoides Arista Variegata, Certomium Fortunei, Dryopteris Crispa Whiteside and Lepidopoda, Erythrosara Affinis Cristata The King, Polypodium Vulgare, Polystichum Polyblepharum and Plumosum densum and Tsussimense, Osmunda Regalis.
- A rotting pile of logs to encourage Fungi and Toadstalls
- Specially chosen woodland plants that include:
Foxglove, Hellebore Ericsmithii, Solomon’s seal, Liriope Muscari, Trillium Grandiflorum, Trillium Cuneatum, trailing Ivy, Uvularia Grandiflora, Helleborus Foetidus, Fritillaria Meleagris, Astilbe, Thalictrum Aquilegiifolium