St Mary's Church Whitton

Whitton in Bloom - Stoneoak

In contrast to some of the newer gardens open for the Whitton in Bloom weekend, Stoneoak has been in the same ownership for over 20 years and is now a mature garden where plants are allowed to grow and self-seed. It is very much a garden for the plantsman and flower arranger but in addition there are stunning views from the terrace to the Brecon Beacons where on a clear day the visitor can see Pen y Fan, the third highest summit in Wales.

Wide sweeping lawns slope down to a ha-ha and are bordered by mature shrubs such as tropaeolum speciosum (the flame nasturtium) whose brilliant flowers are intertwined through its neighbouring conifer. The centre bed is dominated by a magnificent rodgersia pinnata superba, and half-hidden paths entice the visitor through into the orchard. In front of the terrace a colourful bed with a riot of multi-coloured foxgloves adds to the cottage garden feel, and birds splash happily in the bird baths only feet away.

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