A large garden reflecting a love of exotic deciduous trees, especially those which are able to adapt to our long hot summers. The favourites come from England and North America with some from Mediterranean climes. One of these is the smokebush, Cotinus Coggygria, astounding when in spring flower with an array of fluffy flower heads appearing smoky from a distance. Not only is it spectacular in spring, the autumn foliage produces an astonishing array of colours starting pale pinkish and finally settling on orangey gold. There are many varieties of ash trees, with the claret ash being a favourite. There’s a slowly developing secret area with a ring of Manchurian pears, which also produces vibrant autumn foliage. Sycamores and Japanese maples provide foliage contrast, with their deeply cut leaves or star like appearance. Borders have been made using Japanese sacred bamboo, which seems to thrive in Farrell Flat. All these are underplanted with a large selection of bulbs, providing colour for most of the year.