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


Thursday, 10 December 2015

A splash or two of colour in the garden

Berberis and Pampas grass

Acer palmatum Corallinum

Taxodium distichum
There is still colour to be found on a walk around the garden at High Beeches in
early December.  A berberis provides a fiery backdrop to the pampas grass.

Acer palmatum Corallinum has held on to
some of it leaves as has Taxodium distichum
brightening a dull day.

Acer palmatum Corallinum, the coral bark maple, is a rare and distinct cultivar.

Taxodium distichum, the swamp cypress,
is a large deciduous conifer.  A native of the US, it was introduced to the UK by John
Tradescant in 1638.  It can be grown in wet soil but grows better on well-drained soil and thrives in dry sandy soil.  It has fibrous reddish brown bark and pretty feathery green foliage which turns reddish brown in autumn.  A long
lived tree and wind hardy.  The famous tree in
Santa Maria del Tule, Oaxaca in Mexico has the largest girth of any known tree, measuring
35.8m in 1982