TIPS AND REFLECTIONS
Hugh and Georgina Seymour give us their top tips for a Japanese inspired garden
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.