Littlethorpe Manor

Littlethorpe Manor
Littlethorpe
Ripon
North Yorks HG4 3LG

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Littlethorpe Manor

Pavilion and Pond

IMG_0474.jpgThe pond was first installed by Mr and Mrs Thackray in the late 1980's. It was redesigned in 2007, replanting all the existing beds and extending and adding new borders. Large drifts of late summer perennials extend the season of interest in the garden from September and on into October and November. A boardwalk runs either side of the pond, leading to the Pavilion. Vigorous marginals are left on the inside of the boardwalk, separating them from the new plantings on the outside. A variety of ornamental grasses provide structure and movement in the summer and winter interest with dried stems and seedheads. Long ribbons of Pennisetum 'Warrior' simulate waves around the pond and tall clumps of Miscanthus punctuate the planting. Echinacea 'Rubinstern', much loved by butterflies, is planted in abundance, together with Eupatoriums, Sanguisorba, Persicaria, Crocosmia, Monarda, Helenium and Rudbeckia and others.

The classical pavilion forms the focal point for the main axis of the garden, looking particularly effective when reflected in the pond. The columns, architrave and paving are made from reconstituted stone supplied by Cranbourne Stone of Dorset. This is a lovely place to sit and enjoy the late evening sun.