South Cornwall’s mild climate and acid soil means something is always flourishing. The roses have still been blooming at Christmas and the camellias flower early in the New Year. They are soon joined by spring bulbs, azaleas, rhododendrons, magnolias and hydrangeas in a riot of colour.
South Cornwall’s mild climate means something is always flourishing in our many flower beds packed with camellias, hydrangeas, azaleas, lavender, fuchsias and hebes.
In summer, the front lawn – the centrepiece of the garden – is surrounded by a variety of stunning blooms, including Margaret Brown fuchsias, Coral Charm peonies and Guinevere delphiniums. The air is perfumed with the intoxicating fragrance of Purple Sensation nicotiana and salmon pink Ali Baba climbing roses.
Beside the house is the heather rock garden with a granite bench so you may sit and admire the goldfish pond, which is also much loved by frogs. Now becoming the yellow garden, there are Princess Anne rhododendrons and Wisley Primrose helianthemum. A path leads from here to the swimming pool, flanked by purple Tresco osteosperum.
Below the path, for those who fancy a leisurely wander, is the terraced garden with winding pathways through cloud-pruned shrubs of pittosporum, olearia, griselinia, cistus, hebe, and evergreen oak. Colour is provided by daphnes, agapanthus and lavatera. Here you will find another nook with chairs to rest and drink in the view.
The grass walkway down the terraced garden leads to our wildlife garden of natural bramble and Korean raspberries – which can be eaten by guests as well as birds. The butterflies and bees also thrive here and we like to think we are helping these vital contributors to nature.
The top path along the terraced garden leads to the red garden with the foliage and flowers of Chocolate cosmos, Palace Purple heuchera, Tom Thumb pittosporum, County Park Red coprosma and more Red Burgundy Cherry trees reflecting the theme. A quiet, beautiful area, it provides a link between Polpier and Penpol with the pathway gate left open if guests take both houses.