The Garden Guide

Book: Gardening tours by J.C. Loudon 1831-1842
Chapter: Villa of Mrs. Lawrence, at Drayton Green, in 1838

Drayton Green Plantation

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The margin of plantation on the right is composed partly of evergreen trees and shrubs, and partly of deciduous flowering kinds. The groups on the left hand are, in part, of more rare sorts, and contain a great many fine hybrid rhododendrons and azaleas. All these plantations and groups are treated in the picturesque manner; there being scarcely anything in these grounds, except the single plants, such as the standard roses, and some rhododendrons and other shrubs, which can be considered as treated in the gardenesque style of culture. At 5, there is a fine specimen of double-blossomed furze, and two splendid vases on elevated pedestals; both combining to form an interesting termination to the comparatively straight walk from the house to this point. One of these vases at 6, when the spectator is at a distance, appears to him to be the terminating point, while that at 5 comes into his view afterwards. The walk from 5 to 7 is several feet higher than the floor of the veranda in the front of the drawingroom; and hence the views towards the house, being along a descent, are less interesting than, from the number of objects on the lawn, they otherwise would be. The view into the paddock, to the right, affords an agreeable relief from the excess of beauty and variety on the lawn, as it consists of a plain grass field, grazed by some fine Alderney cows, and planted with two or three scattered elms, oaks, and aspens and other poplars.