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These were despatched to Standen to await her re­turn. They were then planted quite in­for­mally at the hill end of the ter­race in front of the house, with oth­ers spread more thinly up along the walks ex­tend­ing past the rock fern­ery. Their dis­tinc­tive forms and mem­o­rable au­tumn colour vari­ants, af­ter many years lost un­der gen­eral un­der­growth, are The gar­den lies on a steady slope fall­ing away to the east. The soil is vari­able, with red and grey sand­stone out­crops ap­proach­ing the sur­face and al­ter­nat­ing with bands of clay. Cal­care­ous flushes also trickle here and there, given away by the ap­pear­ance of cowslips in lawns. This is one of the sun­ni­est cor­ners of Eng­land.

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