June Outing

The club visited Kiftsgate 6 years ago in spring, so as well as the plants being totally different, the orchard with its wildflowers and mound wrapped in Rosa rugosa, hiding a seating area that led your eye along an avenue of tulip trees to a distant sculpture, was new to us.

The garden was packed with great planting combinations where blooms picked out the colours of their neighbour’s stems, leaf margins, buds or seed pods and toned beautifully.

Groups of vivid red roses and fiery Hemerocallis seemed to glow and pops of orange lilies contrasted with purple Cotinus coggygria. Romantic mixes of soft silver textures amid baby-pinks and blues tumbled to the paths and honeysuckle grew in the borders. We found the unusual, such as the tubular mauve flowers of Fabiana imbricata f. violacea, spikey, blue Eryngiums, a few late peonies and even one or two grasses.

We trod lightly over the faux grass for a shady seat in the calming water garden, inhaled deeply the delicious scents and enjoyed the fabulous views from the pool in the lower garden. Tea and cake or scones were taken inside or out and the plant sales area perused. We marvelled at a huge stand of Dahlia Merckii (I think) and of course roses were everywhere with Rosa filipes ‘Kiftsgate’ cascading magnificently from its high hedge.