At the top of the Pergola staircase, the visitor can get a lovely view of the Renaissance influenced parterre’s and its geometric patterns clipped hedges. The shady pergola is clad with stone that was dug up during the construction of the garden and its edges softened by lovely old Jacarandas.
Framed by tree ferns and other shade loving plants, gnarled roots of the stumpery and gemstone specimens are placed along a winding path lead to the Tiger’s-eye Cascade. The walk was recently extended and offers new planting and stone specimens.
In both spring and autumn, the mirrored surface of the oval pond reflects the pinks of the Azaleas (from salmon through to hotter pinks). Summer offers a similar palette but includes Irises, Begonias and Pelargoniums.
The deep shade and seclusion of the bird garden offer a happy roost for a number of birds. It borders the predominantly blue planting of the butterfly and bee garden. The nectar heavy prairie planting of this sun filled area is especially fragrant in summer.
Anchored by large and more ornamental trees, the meadow offers a quieter energy versus the exuberant colour of the borders and relies on the textures of various grasses and tree foliage to add interest.