On either side of the central grass path is a narrow serpentine hedge of Phillyrea angustifolia with soaring sentinels of Cupressus arizonica ‘Blue Ice’ for contrast.
The colour scheme features deep purple foliage of Actaea simplex ‘Black Negligee’, architectural Angelica gigas, and Bronze Fennel with the brazen boldness of orange Dahlia coccinea var. parlmei, Phlox, potentillas and astilbes. High summer sees the arching spires of Lilium henryi, its chocolate spots echoed in Dahlia ‘Dark Desire’. The warmth of the scheme is tempered by long-blooming Nepeta grandiflora ‘Bramdean’ and Geranium ‘Rosanne’.
The Sunken Garden, beyond the thatched barn and to the left is reached by a path which curves its way down and around a nineteenth century granite turn-table base for the horse-drawn railway in the former local mining industry. This is the hottest section of the Walled Garden, previously the site for a peach house (though not in living memory) as can be seen in the cement rendering on the back wall. The choice of plants for this secluded suntrap includes Fuchsia, crocosmias and deliciously dark Agapanthus inapertus ‘Graskop’ contrasting with exotic eryngiums and Melianthus.