Hello all, our roving reporter Jan has been out to visit the Sensory Garden during one of her exercise walks during lockdown and taken some lovely pictures of a number of the plant species growing there for you all to enjoy.

AJUGA repens ‘Mahogany’ (at the front of the Central Raised Bed)

AJUGA repens 'Mahogany'
AJUGA repens ‘Mahogany’

Each plant has dozens of bright blue flowers on vertical stems, which contrast with the nut brown foliage. They form good ground cover and the leaves are semi evergreen.

BERGINIA cordifolia ‘Purpurea’ (on the left of the first terrace)

BERGINIA cordifolia 'Purpurea'
BERGINIA cordifolia ‘Purpurea’

Commonly known as Elephant Ears. This is a good ground cover plant, which has shiny leathery leaves. They have clusters of deep pink flowers.

VIBURNUM plicatum mariesii (behind the first seat on the left)

VIBURNUM plicatum mariesii
VIBURNUM plicatum mariesii

A medium/large shrub with tiered branches covered at this time of year with white flowers. It will also have lovely autumn colour.

ROSEMARY (near the Mole sculpture)


This is now known as Salvia rosmarinus. An aromatic herb with upright stems and pale blue flowers.

PRUNUS ‘Snow Showers’ (in the centre of the Central Raised Bed)

PRUNUS 'Snow Showers'
PRUNUS ‘Snow Showers’

This weeping cherry is the latest addition to the Sensory Garden. It has weeping branches and white flowers tinged with pink during April to May. It will have beautiful autumn colour.

Thank you Jan for taking the time to share this with us.

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