A hidden gem in the High Weald of Sussex, sensitively planted to enhance the natural landscape. A botanical treasure trove and classic English idyll make High Beeches one of the finest gardens in the South East


Tuesday, 22 September 2015

September colour in the Garden

Hydrangea paniculata 'Unique'

September colour in the garden.

It looks as though Autumn will be earlier
here than last year.  There is already colour
throughout the garden.  The Acers are all
turning red and yellow and the
Liquidambers, the Nyssas and Parrotias
all are showing colour and the promise of a
spectacular autumn display.

Hydrangea paniculata 'Unique' is turning
a beautiful shade of pink and the many clumps
of grasses are starting to flower.  Stipa
gigantica is looking especially pretty this

Stipa gigantica

Acer palmatum  Senkaki

Acer palmatum Senkaki  and a young beech
glowing in the September evening sun soon
to be joined by the Golden Ash and the
Disanthus cercidifolius.

It is also a very good year for berries.

The garden is open until the end of
Young Beech

There will not be any Halloween events
at High Beeches at Half Term.

Monday, 14 September 2015

Late flowering wildflowers

Three wildflowers flowering in the garden.

Mentha aquatica
There are still many wildflowers flowering in
the garden.  Among them are Mentha aquatica
(Water Mint), Hypericum, perforatum (Perforate St John's Wort) and Pulicaria dysenterica (Common Flea Bane).

Water Mint is a hairy perennial that smells
strongly of mint.  It is found in damp ground,
is very popular with insects and is common
through Europe and some parts of Asia.

Perforate St Johns-wort is an upright perennial,
Hypericum perforatum
native to Europe and Asia.  A herb which is
sometimes used to treat mild cases of depression.
Research is going on into its antibacterial
properties.  It is poisonous in large doses
to grazing animals.

Pulicaria dysenterica

Common Flea Bane is a creeping perennial
found on heavy soils in damp places and is
also common throughout Europe and Asia.
It has been used in the past as an incense to
drive away insects and has been used in the
past as a treatment for dysentry.