Let's start with this beautiful fuchsia flowered gooseberry - Ribes speciosum (California native plant) growing in a very sheltered place at warm, south wall.
Himalayan Cedar (Cedrus deodara) - see how small are the benches? Reddish plant on the right side is spring growth of pieris.
Reconstructed medieval pleasure garden which included plants brought from Europe by monks and crusaders. People loved to bring new plants from journeys since always.
Camelia japonica "Doctor Tinsley"
With hand-made look rose pergola fits perfectly.
Many benches hidden in perfectly clipped yew hedges.
Great combo: big tree + climbing rose + bench
This is usually water container - this time with crocosmia growing.
Walls and patch of the garden at the walls on this side of the cottage covered with plants, on the other side the walking path is right at the walls, then yew hedge and kitchen garden.
Hydrangea climbing the walls and clipped box everywhere, everwhere....
Entrance to the cotttage garden - walled by clipped hedges (yew and holly).
This magnolia soulangiana caught my attention because of its shape. Naturally it has more upright and bushy style of growing. Look how pruning can change the shape to much more dramatic and picturesque. I remember I have read in a book that Magnolia doesn't like pruning - apparently is not so much true... I have same Magnolia, which grows as solitary specimen - if pruned in similar way, naked branches will look better in the winter.
Unfurling fern Polystichum tsus-simense (Koren Rock Fern).
Better perspective gives an idea of the size....
Euphorbia characias subsp. wulfenii
Tree heath - Erica arborea - little bit bigger than usual ;)
Flowering cherries showing off...
If you visit Birmingham Botanical Garden don't miss greenhouses with its beautiful collection od pelargoniums...
... and xeric plants. This largest one in foreground is Hylocereus undatus "Queen of the night".
Black pansies combined with orange ones....
... again black tulips, this time with yellow/orange primroses - stunning view :)
Glasshouses are right at the entrance/exit of the garden.