Frogswell evolved from a self-sufficiency project in the early ’90s to a plantsperson’s garden, with a wide range of species and cultivars by the millennium. By the time I took over, the only trace of a vegetable garden was the occasional volunteer potato in the hellebore trial beds.
A major focus of the first few years has been building up propagating stock of some of the most gardenworthy, perennial plants, mostly from a single specimen or clump.
The established collections of perennials in the garden:
- Hybrid Hellebores, including occasional divisions from selected Tasmanian Elizabethtown Hybrids and Frogswell seedlings.
- Spring Woodland Species, including North American & European woodlanders
- Hardy Geraniums – a good colour range of G. phaeum. G. pratense, and G.oxoniense x thurstonianum
Currently under development is a collection of
Plants for Honeybees and other Pollinators.
Post-Brexit, Ireland is no longer represented in the RHS plant finder.
Frogswell’s Diverse Habitat Zones
1. Trees/fruit trees – awaiting restoration.
2. Buildings, polytunnels, Heritage Vegetable plot, gravel garden.
3. Cultivated woodland area, shade plants & shrubs.
4. Orchard: stock plants and herbaceous plantings.
5. Pond-side damp meadow: coppice with standards, native & naturalised understorey..
6. Natural regeneration: oak and holly succession to planted birches.
7. Bog and willow area
8. Native forage plant meadow