From North and South Sands you start the climb, higher and higher, up the winding hill, with stupendous views across Salcombe Estuary, all the way to the very clifftop – here you are amply rewarded for your effort by the fabulous coastal and tropical garden at Overbeck’s. Read more Overbeck’s – The Garden With A View
Gunnera Manicata is an ornamental perennial that is renowned for having the largest leaves of any plant you can grow outside in the UK climate, a single leaf has been recorded as reaching up to 11 feet across, although huge, this stupendous size is not that common. Read more Gunnera Manicata in Spring
What Are Pleached Trees?
Full Standard Trees that are frame trained as a flat rectangular shape are known as pleached trees. This is an extension of the age old art of espallier, literally taken to new heights. The tree is grown with a clear stem as a full standard, reaching circa 2 metres of trunk. Meanwhile the head of the tree has been expertly trained and pruned with the aid of a frame to create a flat rectangle. The training frames are constructed from bamboo and the tree’s branches are selected and teased along the frame, carefully held in place with wire supports. Any wayward shoots are trimmed away and the tree soon takes on a fabulous architectural shape, which only requires a shape-up trim a couple of times a year. Choose evergreen species trained in this way, to create an above fence or above wall privacy screen, providing valuable boundary screening throughout the year. Read more Pleached Trees – Our New Collection