The gardens of Tredegar House
January 26, 2016 by squirrelbasket
Zinnia elegans in the gardens of Tredegar House in late September, 2015
You know how it is – you go to so many places in September that you suddenly find it’s January and there are autumn visits you haven’t had time to blog about yet. So I apologise that this post isn’t topical – although it is at least colourful during these dark, wet days of midwinter.
Tredegar House in Newport, south-east Wales, was taken over by the National Trust in March, 2012. Most of the red-brick house dates from the late 17th century but I will write a separate post about the house itself. This time I want to feature the plants in bloom in the gardens in September.
The main front of the house was in shade, but this picture should give you some context for the gardens
First the orchard and kitchen gardens…
African marigolds (Tagetes)
Kniphofia – red-hot poker
Berries of St John’s wort (Hypericum)
Pumpkin in the kitchen garden
Shiny Kaffir lily (Hesperantha coccinea – although I still call it Schizostylis)
Euphorbia leaves go well with this pink Hesperantha
The Euphorbia also goes well with Verbena bonariensis flowers
This is probably tansy (Tanacetum vulgare) – but I always think Achillea when I first see it
The orangery garden…
The orangery at Tredegar House
A lemon tree outside the orangery
Patterned beds in the formal garden
The white part of the paths is made up of cockle shells
The cedar garden…
Although I plan to learn more about conifers this year, there is one I have always recognised, the cedar of Lebanon (Cedrus libani). This one at Tredegar House is 250 years old and surrounded by walled herbaceous borders.
The cedar garden
I had to look this up, but I think it’s Clerodendrum trichotomum, commonly called the harlequin glorybower or glorytree
I had to look this one up, too – I think it’s a castor-oil plant (Ricinus communis)
Yellow daisy-like flowers, possibly Helianthus?
Purple daisies – possibly Asters?
Agapanthus seed heads
The gate of Tredegar House…
…is topped by a golden tree