The Royal Entrance Work Begins

The Walled Gardens of Cannington are currently in the process of designing two new borders - The Royal Entrance and the Priory Border.

This week, the gardeners have been hard at work, starting the planting of The Royal Entrance, which is being completed first. 

So far the evergreen structure of the beds has begun, using Ilex crenata dark green = ‘Icoprins11’, or its common name, box-leafed holly, which has been used as an alternative to box. Box is currently being affected by box blight and other pests and diseases. Blight is a fungal disease which is widespread, and at present there is no known cure. It often results in the death of the plant, or a need for drastic pruning. The Walled Gardens do not have the disease, but want to avoid it in the future, and to showcase to people an alternative plant which can be used to make that classic, clipped hedge look. 

The hedge has been planted in a serpentine curve which is in contrast to the straight lines and angles of the surrounding buildings and pathways. The planting scheme will comprise fiery oranges and spires of purple, bringing both a modern, relaxed feeling, as well as structure through the hedging and the architectural nature of some of the planting. As is the general theme of the Gardens, it is a blend of classic and contemporary.


Achillea 'Walther Funcke'

Helenium 'Sahins Early Flowerer'

Erysimum 'Apricot Twist'

Heucherella 'Sweet Tea'

Echinacea  'Orange Passion'

Erigeron aurantiacus

Euphorbia griffithii ‘Great Dixter’


Salvia 'Amistad'

Scabiosa ‘Blue Jeans'

Penstemon 'Raven'

Salvia nemorosa 'Caradonna’ 

Geranium platypetalum 'Dark Side of the Moon' 

Ersyimum 'Bowles Mauve'

Nepeta grandiflora'Summer Magic'

Miscanthus 'Purpurascens'

Ilex crenata has evergreen leaves, similar to box, which are easy to clip and shape. It will also grow in a variety of soil types and thrives in sun or partial shade. The Gardens’ Plant Nursery has some available for sale in 9cm pots at £4 each, or 3 for £10. Entry to the Gardens is not needed to visit the Nursery.


More information about box blight can be found on the RHS website.

The Royal Border planting