The Lavinia Walk
Leading along the garden main axis between the Rose Garden and the Temple Garden is the Lavinia Walk which is a new feature of the gardens, and a fitting tribute to Lady Lavinia and her legacy.
The development of this area will transform the 94m long walk, and incorporates the original footprint of what were the old herbaceous borders. Work began in Spring 2017, with metal edging installed and the beds being marked out in a style similar to a greek key effect. Over the following 12 months, the ground preperations were completed including turf edging and soil conditioning. And in each of the grassed recesses a chinese crab apple (Malus hupehensis) was planted, not only to offer a backdrop to the borders, but also to add impressive spring and autumn interest.
The planting mix is uniquely Cholmondeley, and fits the style favoured by Lady Lavinia. Climbing Roses, Iris, Eremurus, Delphiniums and Tree Peonies will give a traditional feeling early in the season, but these give rise to long flowering perennials such as Penstemon and Diascia, which lead on into late herbaceous in Heleniums, Crocosmia, Persicaria and Aster. Contrasting with this throughout summer are many half hardy plants such as Dahlia, Salvia and Canna.
General planting will be completed in Spring 2018, with the new rose arches and roses placed in autumn 2018.