Littlethorpe Manor

Littlethorpe Manor
Littlethorpe
Ripon
North Yorks HG4 3LG

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Sunken Garden - Littlethorpe Manor

SUNKEN GARDEN

sunken-garden.jpgThe sunken garden, enclosed by Iroko trellis fencing and rose covered arches, was laid out in 2000. The box parterre is a stylized version of the White rose of York. Divided into four equal segments, the centre of each quadrant is formed with a clipped Pyrus salicifolia 'Pendula' under planted with Rosa "Katarina Zeimet', dwarf white lavender and Santolina. The parterre is planted with the lily flowered tulip 'White Triumphator'. A David Harber Armillary sphere is located in the centre at the lowest level, set on a circle of brick and surrounded by beds of Old English lavender and standard Bays.

sunken-garden-2.jpgHerbs and old roses are grown on the upper parterre, with standard Portuguese Laurels and Honeysuckles. The Honeysuckles (Lonicera 'Belgica') are grown as standards on metal supports underplanted with white early single tulips in spring followed by Clary (Salvia horminum) in summer. In one corner a weeping white mulberry is trained into a dome shape and in the adjacent corner two medlars frame a bench in a sunny seating area. Two Kiwi fruits are trained as espaliers on the walls and an old Wisteria provides a wonderful display in early summer. A stone statue provides a focal point viewed from the house through the rose arches.