The gardeners are preparing to plant 100 hydrangeas in the garden at Agatha Christie’s holiday home Greenway, now cared for by the National Trust. This mass planting is part of a project to rejuvenate an area of the garden known as the Hydrangea Walk.
Over the next week, nine different varieties will be planted, including some new to Greenway and others which have been grown in the nursery garden there. In the autumn, another 100 hydrangea plants will join them.
Colin Clark, Greenway’s senior gardener, said: ‘The project to rejuvenate the Hydrangea Walk began before Christmas when we got a big group of garden volunteers together to clear out the area which had become straggly, and the box hedging which had been hit by Box Blight.
‘The path has been widened and shaped to follow the style of the other paths which weave through the woodland garden and we’ve already begun to plant some other larger shrubs such as birch, acers, magnolias, and rhododendrons.’
The garden team also plan to plant spring and summer bulbs to add seasonal interest. With such a large variety of plants, the rejuvenated Hydrangea Walk will be an area not to be missed at any time of year.
Find out more about Greenway’s garden nestled on the banks of the River Dart by visiting www.nationaltrust.org.uk/greenway. Greenway is open daily.
(from a press release)