Scotland Open Garden

Belinda of Shades of Green Garden Design has been working with her client in rural Clackmannanshire since 2012. This large rural garden is being developed and re-planted in a phased manner to create a plant-filled, colourful country garden that peaks June-August, with areas of extended interest in the spring and autumn. The garden opened for the first time in May 2016 as part of Scotland Open Gardens: Muckhart Village.

Patio Borders

Many Scottish gardens choose to open in late May, when the Rhododendron and Azalea are at their best, but this year flowering was delayed due to a cold snap mid spring. There were however some early flowering Azalea just opening up, and beautiful bold Tulipa and Allium added extra colour to the garden on Open Gardens day.

Delivery path, with rural view

New sandstone sett ramp alongside existing formal steps improves delivery access to the front door on the upper house level.

Informal steps

Informal sleeper/grass steps were placed to allow access but also keep a natural feel to this area of the garden and sit harmoniously with the natural contours of the land. The five new birch trees will be underplanted with bulbs for additional interest.

Rear Terraces
Dry stone terrace beds with perennial plants, small ornaments grasses and spring bulbs at the rear of the house can be seen from kitchen windows and from the hot tub on the nearby deck.
Stone seat
Large natural stone seating area in a sunny, sloping area of the garden will have a fine view over the new wet-land system which is due to be completed in 2016.
Front Door Path

Stepping stone path has been added on the upper house level to guide visitors from the main parking area to the front door.

 

Raised Bed Plant Detail

The five phases of garden re-design to date include:

  1. Create long double herbaceous border on the south side of the garden, with upgraded planting in the upper parking area by the roadside entrance. A large natural stone seating area was added into a large grassy slope which provides a viewpoint for the new wet-land system in the adjoining field (under development) (2012)
  2. Re-build/extend natural stone terraces round the house and in the parking area outside the large garage, along with installation of an access ramp to the upper house level Existing formal lawn and boundary planting area were re-contoured. New planting was provided in all areas. This phase also included bare-root planting of shrub banks around the existing BBQ house (2013)
  3. Install natural stone terraces and planting for the sloping boundary at the rear of the house and continued planting improvements throughout the garden (2014)
  4. Install informal sleeper steps to improve access into the sloping grass garden with new natural stone retaining wall, screening for oil tank and development of a woodland planting area under existing trees. A large raised bed in the upper parking area was cleared and re-planting (see planting plan) (2015)
  5. Create new perennial and herb border areas alongside the existing patio, re-turf formal lawn and install new hornbeam hedge and wooden archway to divide the formal garden from the utility area/field access gate. (2016)

Planting plan for large raised bed alongside driveway. Three Betula utilis var. jacquemontii  are underplanted with broad swathes of ornamental grasses and robust perennials to provide colour, movement and changing form throughout the year.  The border was previously planted with a static display of mature deciduous shrubs and conifers.

Some of the plants added to Mount Stuart House garden over the past 4 years:

Betula utilis var. jacquemontii ‘Doorenbos’
Betula albosinensis ‘Fascination’
Sorbus aucuparia ‘Chinese Lace’
Aconitum ‘Bressingham Spire’
Alchemilla mollis
Acer pseudoplatanus ‘Brilliantissimum’
Acer palmatum ‘Beni-maiko’
Acer palmatum var. dissectum atropurpureum ‘Crimson Queen’
Acer palmatum var. dissectum ‘Dissectum Viride Group’
Amelanchier x grandiflora ‘Ballerina’
Anthemis tinctoria ‘E.C. Buxton’
Anemone hupehensis ‘Hadspen Abundance’
Anthemis tinctoria ‘Sauce Hollandaise’
Anemone x hybrida ‘Whirlwind’
Aruncus dioicus
Aster x frikartii ‘Monch’
Astrantia major ‘Roma’
Astrantia major ‘Sunningdale Variegated’
Astrantia major ‘Claret’
Bergenia ‘Bressingham White’
Bergenia cordifolia ‘Rotblum’
Campanula lactiflora ‘Loddon Anna’
Campanula lactiflora ‘Prichard’s Variety’
Centaurea dealbata
Centaurea montana
Cirsium rivulare ‘Atropurpureum’
Clematis ‘Hagley Hybrid’
Clematis ‘Jackmanii’
Clematis tangutica
Cornus alba ‘Elegantissima’
Cornus alba ‘Sibirica’
Cotoneaster frigidus ‘Cornubia’
Corylopsis pauciflora
Cornus sericea ‘Flaviramea’
Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora ‘George Davison’
Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’
Crataegus laevigata ‘Rosea Flore Pleno’
Dicentra spectabilis
Echinops ritro ‘Veitch’s Blue’
Eryngium variifolium
Eupatorium maculatum Atropurpureum Group
Geranium ‘Ann Folkard’
Geranium ‘Rozanne’
Geranium ‘Johnson’s Blue’
Geranium x magnificum
Geranium macrorrhizum ‘Doppeldecker’
Geranium psilostemon
Geranium pratense ‘Plenum Violaceum’
Geranium sanguineum ‘Album’
Geranium x oxonianum ‘Wargrave Pink’
Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Pallida’
Helleborus argutifolius
Hemerocallis ‘Bonanza’
Hemerocallis ‘Little Wine Cup’
Heuchera micrantha ‘Palace Purple’
Helenium ‘Rubinzwerg’
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Grandiflora’
Ilex aquifolium
Iris sibirica ‘Perry’s Blue’
Iris sibirica ‘White Swirl’
Leucanthemum x superbum ‘Broadway Lights’
Liriope muscari
Lonicera fragrantissima
Lonicera periclymenum ‘Belgica’
Mahonia x media ‘Winter Sun’
Aquilegia vulgaris
Lupinus Gallery Series
Nepeta x faassenii
Paeonia lactiflora ‘Bowl of Beauty’
Paeonia lactiflora ‘Duchesse de Nemours’
Papaver orientale ‘Perry’s White’
Papaver orientale ‘Indian Chief’
Persicaria bistorta ‘Superba’
Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Diabolo’
Phlox paniculata ‘Rijnstroom’
Ribes sanguineum ‘White Icicle’
Ribes sanguineum ‘King Edward VII’
Ribes odoratum
Sarcococca confusa
Schizostylis coccinea ‘Major’
Sedum telephium ‘Autumn Joy’
Sedum telephium (Atropurpureum Group) ‘Purple Emperor’
Spiraea japonica ‘Anthony Waterer’
Spiraea nipponica ‘Snowmound’
Stachys officinalis ‘Hummelo’
Thalictrum aquilegiifolium ‘Thundercloud’
Tricyrtis hirta
Weigela ‘Florida Variegata’
Weigela florida ‘Foliis Purpureis’
Rosa ‘Deep Secret’
Rosa ‘Iceberg’
Rosa ‘Gaujard’
Rosa ‘Golden Showers’
Rosa ‘Zephirine Drouhin’
Rosa ‘Ballerina’
Rosa ‘Nevada’
Rosa Swany
Rosa ‘English Miss’
Rosa Remember Me
Rosa gallica ‘Versicolor’
Osmanthus x burkwoodii
Syringa vulgaris ‘Charles Joly’
Weigela ‘Newport Red’
Geranium ‘Patricia’
Buddleja davidii ‘Blue Chip’
Hydrangea ‘Preziosa’
Prunus x subhirtella ‘Autumnalis’
Sorbaria sorbifolia ‘Sem’
Viburnum opulus ‘Compactum’
Philadelphus ‘Virginal’
Syringa meyeri ‘Palibin’
Viburnum davidii
Cotinus coggygria ‘Royal Purple’
Fuchsia ‘Alice Hoffman’
Spiraea japonica ‘Firelight’
Chelone obliqua
Berberis x ottawensis f. purpurea ‘Superba’
Potentilla fruticosa ‘Daydawn’
Leucothoe ‘Red Lips’
Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’
Pinus mugo
Pieris japonica ‘Flaming Silver’
Ilex x meserveae ‘Blue Prince’
Anemone x hybrida ‘Andrea Atkinson’
Anemone hupehensis var. japonica ‘Splendens’
Astrantia major ‘Star of Beauty’
Bergenia ‘Red Beauty’
Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’
Helleborus x hybridus Ballard’s Group
Luzula nivea
Pulmonaria longifolia subsp. cevennensis
Geranium ‘Red Admiral’
Geranium x cantabrigiense
Hemerocallis ‘Catherine Woodbery’
Heuchera ‘Paris’
Heuchera micrantha ‘Palace Purple’
Iris sibirica ‘Blue King’
Macleaya x kewensis ‘Flamingo’
Monarda ‘Croftway Pink’
Monarda ‘Blaustrumpf’
Centaurea montana ‘Purple Heart’
Hosta ‘Summer Fragrance’
Hosta ‘White Triumphator’ (rectifolia)
Salix alba var. vitellina ‘Britzensis’
Ajuga reptans ‘Atropurpurea’
Dicentra ‘Pearl Drops’
Dicentra spectabilis ‘Alba’
Hosta ‘Patriot’
Corydalis flexuosa ‘Purple Leaf’
Bergenia ‘Harzkristall’
Rudbeckia laciniata ‘Goldkugel’
Geranium pratense ‘Striatum’
Geranium sylvaticum ‘Album’
Trollius chinensis ‘Golden Queen’
Coreopsis verticillata ‘Moonbeam’
Knautia macedonica ‘Red Knight’
Geranium pratense ‘Dark Reiter’
Aruncus aethusifolius
Achillea ptarmica ‘The Pearl’
Viola Spring Sherbets Mix
Viola Spring Sherbets Mix
Omphalodes verna
Arisarum proboscideum