Autumn Colour

Autumn colour at Aberglasney is about so much more than the vast number of trees in the Gardens and although it is a time when we start putting the greater part of the garden to bed it is also a time when some good plants come into flower. Putting the tender Dahlia and Salvia to one side there are some good hardy plants that are at their best in the autumn.One of the stars is Clerodendrum bungei which despite its name is a great plant. It is a suckering shrub unlike almost anything else with dark green leaves and heads…

Summer Bedding

Every year we combine reliable performers with a few new experimental varieties. We have used different quantities of different varieties to give us different colour blends and heights throughout the display with most of the plants set out informally.We often use pink or white Cosmos and Cleome to give height and colour at the backs of borders with Dahlia ‘Blue Beyou’ which is pink and purple for medium height. We also like Castor oil plants, Ricinus communis ‘Carmencita Pink’ in the main displays, and choose the red form in borders as its leaves are ornamental in appearance and contrast well…

Yew Tunnel

The Yew Tunnel is thought to have been planted by the Dyer Family in the eighteenth century. This glorious fusion of thick tree trunks will live for centuries if looked after properly. Taxus baccata can be old or merely look old – and often defy dating. Experts had been fooled into thinking the half dozen or so that make up Aberglasney’s Yew Tunnel were over 1,000 years old. In 1999 dendrochronology put the trees at just a quarter of that age.The Victorians in particular were fascinated by these strange trees and their magnificent shaping and many visitors to the house…

Kitchen Garden

At Aberglasney we have to pack all our productive plants into the Kitchen Garden, which seems quite big, that is until you start to list all the things you want to grow. We have therefore spent a lot of time working out how to make the most of the space. There are a number of different ways of doing this and despite having technical names most are very simple tasks that just require some planning.The first is crop rotation which simply means not growing the same plant in the same place; this allows you to change your layout throughout the…

Ninfarium

The Ninfarium was completed in 2005 and houses many sub-tropical and exotic plants thanks to a glass atrium having been built above the ruinous central rooms of the mansion.Amongst the most striking plants on display are Gloriosa Superba ‘Climbing Lily’, Phaleonopsis orchids, Aristolochia gigantea ‘Dutchman’s pipe’, Magnolia champaca yellow jade orchid tree, Stephanotis floribunda ‘Madagascar jasmine’ and Musa coccinea ‘Banana’.This award winning garden is an idea derived from the gardens at Ninfa, located at the foot of the Lepini Mountains, south of Rome. There the whole of the medieval village has been imaginatively planted. The gardens at Ninfa were created…

Alpinum

The Alpinum is found to the east of the Aviaries. There was originally a small pond in this area that dried up during the summer months. In 2007 it was transformed to accommodate diminutive or dwarf plants including Ilex crenata ‘Dwarf Pagoda’ Japanese holly, Taxus baccata ‘Green Column’ yew conifer, Rhododendron serpyllifolium ‘Thyme Azalea’ shrub and Double flowered Colchicum.The path through the Alpinum is made of limestone selected from a local quarry and is typical of the stone used in the locality for building. The stone contains a number of fossil invertebrates and so is of paleontological interest.The term Alpinum…

Asiatic Garden

Situated on a small hill near the house, this garden was created in 2004 and offers views down the valley beyond Merlin’s Hill to Carmarthen in the distance. The garden boasts a collection of plants that originate from various parts of Asia including China, Japan, Tibet and Nepal.The plants here have been carefully chosen so that once again there is interest throughout the year. During winter, the appearance of colourful ‘Witch-hazel’ is a highlight, while mid-summer brings with it a stunning collection of Asiatic lilies, known as ‘Toad Lilies’.As well as ‘Witch-hazel’ in bloom during January and February Sciadopitys verticillata…

Sunken Garden

The Sunken Garden has a water feature created by William Pye, renowned for his imaginative water sculptures, at its centre and whilst its appearance was originally inspired by Japanese gardens that used subtle evergreen plants the planting scheme is now as colourful as anywhere at Aberglasney.The inspiration for the ‘new look’ Sunken Garden was drawn primarily from the gardens of Crec’h ar Pape in Brittany and Great Dixter in the United Kingdom. While the evergreen structure remains true to the original vision, the new planting adds vibrancy and colour. Tulips in hot reds and oranges mixed with maroon leaved Euphorbia…

Cloister Garden

The Cloister Garden is widely considered to be Aberglasney’s “most extraordinary and legendary feature”. The garden is bounded by a three-sided arcaded walkway made of solid stone. This parapet walkway is the only known surviving structure of its kind left in the UK.It is believed that the Cloister Garden originates from Bishop Rudd’s time at Aberglasney during the 1600s. Almost every instance of other formal raised terraces that we know were popular in this period have disappeared having succumbed to Civil War depredations or the eighteenth century landscape movement when formal enclosures were swept away to make room for a…