About the garden
Christina Shand & David Allum
Dyffryn Fernant is a wonderful surprise. Over the last two decades, this modern garden has grown out of the ancient landscape, presided over by the rocky tor of Garn Fawr. Grounded between the Preseli Hills and the Irish Sea, the garden draws inspiration from the existing environment. Exotic, exuberant planting and ornamental grasses give way to wild marsh, water and woodland, acknowledging the spirit of the place.
The success of this six-acre garden is that it works as a whole despite having so many distinct areas. The walled front garden is a flamboyant burst of colour and seasonal container planting. The brickyard was recently replanted with intersectional peonies and agapanthus, contrasting with ordered topiary. The orchard has an unusual herbaceous border, given the high water table, and leads out onto a species-rich marsh on the valley floor.
The courtyard, planted over stony ground, is a mix of exotic, architectural foliage and succulents. The lush bog garden, anchored by a mirrored obelisk, is particularly atmospheric. Nicky’s Field, a geometric display of ornamental grasses within a natural meadow, slopes down to a large pond. Lastly, climbing to the magic garden above the house reveals the complete landscape.
The wide variety of environments combines to create a garden that unfolds as you journey through it. An abundance of sitting places, including a well-stocked garden library, invites visitors to take their time. You can investigate this place from different angles and perspectives, bringing your own beliefs, thoughts and feelings to your experience of the garden.