The Lower Garden and Lower Lawns
The soil is deeper in the Lower Garden and enables a wider range of plants to thrive. Many Tree Paeonies and herbaceous plants grow well. Early summer highlights are the many cultivars of Bearded Iris which Sir Frederick Stern raised, followed by Agapanthus, Foxtail Lilies and Autumn Crocus at the end of the summer season.
Rosa 'Wedding Day' is a fragrant rambling rose raised by Sir Frederick Stern in 1950. It has large clusters of flowers which are yellow in bud, opening to creamy white fading to pink. It flowered for the first time on Sir Frederick and Lady Stern's wedding anniversary and grows over a pergola in one of the island beds.
Island beds in the Herbaceous Garden, in the Lower Garden:
As you walk through the Lower Garden you will find our Strawberry Tree (Arbutus x andrachnoides - see photo). The tree is now growing back after being very badly damaged in the great storm of 1987.
Under the shade cast by the large Ilex Oak trees is a row of Fig Trees. Unfortunately the Figs fail to form many edible fruits.
To the southern boundary of the Lower Garden beds is a long Rose Walk Pergola which has been restored and planted with many of the old cultivars originally grown at Highdown.
The many Indian Horse Chestnuts (Aesculus indica) flower in June and have formed fine trees to the south east of the lower garden.
Rose Walk Pergola on the Southern Boundary of the Lower Garden:
You have now completed the tour of Highdown Gardens - please feel free to continue exploring the Gardens, or if you would like to see the Gardens through the seasons and some of our wildlife, then you can view our gallery of photos.
We hope you enjoyed your visit and we look forward to seeing you again. Please tell your friends and family about us.
From here you can head back up into the Middle Garden, then the Beech Wood, which leads to the main path into (or out of) the Gardens and on to the Gardens' entrance (and exit) where you will find our donations box.