(Please respect the privacy of our House Guests when in the garden. The front of the house is private).
The House Garden contains a wonderful selection of trees, shrubs with all year round interest provided by spring bulbs, perennials borders and the newly planted grass borders.
In spring the garden is awash with colour from the rhododendrons and the sweetly scented azaleas. Autumn also had wonderful colour from the trees and shrubs.
As you enter from the drive under the giant redwood, you get the feeling that a secret garden is opening before you, with masses of colour all year round.
You get a good view of the house from the garden. The three windows looking directly over the garden are part of the old 16th century L-shaped keep, and successive families have added extensions to the house, with the Georgian front being added in the early 19th century.
A tour of the garden starts taking in the view of the many different mature trees and shrubs that must have been planted in the early 20th century. We are certain that to the rear or west end of the garden the planting would have been mainly as a shelter belt from the severe west winds that sweep along the Gargunnock Hills.
The sundial beds are planted with contrasting tulips in spring and bedding plants for summer interest. In the centre we have a gravel bed with alpines and a peat bed with primulas, hostas and early bulbs.
The beds on each side contain many rhododendrons for spring flowering and are complimented by hydrangeas for autumn flowering. We have many of the new hydrangea paniculatas which give a tremendous display with their massive flowers heads from September and October until the first frosts.
Looking towards the house on the right we have a bed of Kalmia latifolia or Mountain laurel whose pink “iced gemed” flowers show in June and its smaller cousin Kalmia augustifolia with its small pink flowers. Both these Kalmias are from North America. Ken Cox from Glendoick Nursery and author of “Scotland for Gardeners” writes “These are the biggest kalmias I have seen in Scotland”.
On the opposite side of the house garden we have an azalea bed all under planted with snowdrops and daffodils and to complete the view there is a clipped dwarf conifer bank in front of the house. Down some steps to a seating area is another border of shrubs with some really vibrant coloured cotinus coggygria, commonly known as the “Smoke Bush” with its deep purple leaves.
Follow the walk round the north side of this garden, mainly woodland planting but with some lovely trees and shrub roses. Past the summer house you will see both the varieties of osmanthus, these are the sweet smelling spring shrubs, magnolia soulongeana, stewartia pseudocamellia, enkianthus campanulas and many fine rhododendrons.
Continuing on the path you will see we are renovating a woodland border with a new planting scheme and this is where you exit the main garden to visit the Doocot or continue round to the Walled Garden.