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This beautiful American sweetgum is still aflutter with orange, butter yellow, coral, crimson and deep mulberry coloured leaves, each with five sharply-pointed lobes.
This beautiful American sweetgum is still aflutter with orange, butter yellow, coral, crimson and deep mulberry coloured leaves, each with five sharply-pointed lobes.
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Fountain

The iconic Fountain provides the focal point to the eastern end of the Main Walk. This was designed by the respected silversmith David Mellor (1930-2009). It was completed in 1970 and is one of few twentieth-century insertions into the original 1846 landscape. The Fountain consists of seven large discs like giant water lily leaves, cast in bronze, and arranged on several levels. From the centre of each leaf, a column of water shoots up, recalling in shape the towering Giant Redwoods (Sequoidendron) that make the final pairings on the Main Walk. To strengthen this congregation of strong vertical elements, a stand of seven Incense Cedars (Calocedrus decurrens) are shooting up on the eastern slope behind the Fountain.
The Fountain is surrounded by a low wall capped with Portland stone, and the whole structure is sunk into a shallow depression. The Fountain is a natural gathering point. It is surrounded by benches, interpolated with large pots planted seasonally with strong and striking combinations, such as Allium and Lady’s Mantle (Alchemilla mollis) or, in autumn, large specimens of the appropriately-named Fountain Grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides). Around the Fountain, three beds are planted with a repeating pattern of Giant Oat Grass (Stipa gigantea), Nepeta and Phlomis, the blue and gold providing a semi-transparent shimmering screen that partially encloses the Fountain.