The Grass Beds & Mosiac
The Grass Beds offer good interest at all times of year. Pampas grass and trees in the form of Parrotia persica (Persian Ironwood), Acer ‘Autumn Spire’, and the two Sorbus, ‘Joseph Rock’ and ‘Pink Pagoda’, give permanent structure as well as fabulous Autumn interest.
Early season colour can be found in the form of the Daffodil ‘Sundisc’ whose yellow tepals and orange disc look very effective against the emerging purple foliage of Lysimachia ‘Firecracker’. Alliums follow next with Summer colour provided by common evening primrose, Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’, melding well with a fine collection of ornamental grasses which themselves improve as the seasons develop. These beds were renovated in the Autumn of 2015 with an exciting new blend of plants added, and a further two beds will be added closer to the mosaic in Autumn 2016.
The stunning pebblestone Mosaic was commissioned in 2006 by Lady Cholmondeley as a memorial to her late husband Hugh, the 6th Marquess. Created by Maggie Howarth, this impressive work features the family crest and wheatsheaf. The border contains a ceramic feature in the middle of each scroll to reflect the life and loves of the Marquess, including; regimental insignia and military drums, horses, foxes, pheasants and prize winning bulls.