The entrance to the garden, past the stunning blue of the ceanothus in June, leads on to the Terrace surrounding the south-west and south-eastern sides of the house. The initial view in many ways encapsulates the traditional English country garden feel at Coton. The large lawn below the Terrace, with the main pond to the left, the Acacia Border to the right and the strong line of the yew hedge at its foot, leads on to a striking view of the countryside beyond. In spring, the Terraces are dominated by two spectacular wisterias on the south-east side of the house. Tulips also provide colour, planted in pots and the surrounding flower beds.
Rosa 'Seven Sisters' - South West Terrace
Wisteria floribunda 'Domino' -South East Terrace
In June, the pots of tulips are replaced with many varieties of pelargonium and other plants that have been over-wintered in the green house, including heliotropes, osteospermums, fuschias, lillies and agapanthus. The impressive Rosa 'Seven Sisters' has been a feature on the south-west wall for many years now and is complemented by several varieties of clematis, a fremontodendron, trachelospermum and jasmine. Campanula lactiflora, red & white centranthus & Alchemilla mollis provide a backbone of colour to the Terraces.
View of South West Terrace
View from South West Terrace with agapanthus
The warmth generated by the stone and paving around the house attracts many butterflies and other insects. The Hummingbird Hawk Moth has been a regular visitor in recent years. It seems particularly attracted by the red and white centranthus and can often be seen feeding in the summer months.
Many pots decorate the Terraces during the summer
Clematis 'Mme Julia Correvon & Agapanthus on SW Terrace