Hugh and Ge­orgina Sey­mour give us their top tips for a Ja­panese in­spired gar­den

Scottish Field - - GARDENS -

Water, in par­tic­u­lar, is the soul of the gar­den; for move­ment, sound and the air of tran­quil­ity it gives off. Au­tumn plant re­flec­tion is im­por­tant and new trees and shrubs are planted with this in mind. The burn is kept clear of leaves to al­low the water to flow. Favourite re­flect­ing plants in­clude Acer, es­pe­cially Acer pal­ma­tum ‘Atrop­ur­pureum’ which, with its claret-coloured au­tumn fo­liage, is a spe­cial ad­di­tion. There are plans to plant more rich, orange Cer­cidi­phyl­lum japon­icum with its au­tumn scent of burnt sugar. The rosy fo­liage of Cor­nus is also a firm favourite. If a plant grows well in a gar­den, take cut­tings and prop­a­gate or just buy and plant more. At Stobo the leaves are raked up and turned into mulch or com­post. When plant­ing add lots of mulch to feed the plant and help it sur­vive dif­fer­ent weather con­di­tions like rain and drought. This year new, well-nour­ished plant­ings of Hydrangea paniculata and Hydrangea ar­borescens ‘Annabelle’ have been a great suc­cess.

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