Immediately surrounding the Glasshouses are borders ideal for tender or almost-hardy plants. There are trees, shrubs, climbers and herbaceous material, many of which come from the southern hemisphere.
The protection of the Glasshouses and the heat given off by the lagged heating ducts creates a microclimate which suits many plants. This allows us to create plantings relating to particular countries, for example South Africa.
Behind the Glasshouses is the Chilean Terrace which contains wild collected plant material brought back by several expeditions. The Ramp is south facing and free draining and is devoted to South African plants. Between the Palm Houses and the Front Range of Glasshouses is the Fossil Courtyard, so called because of the centrally placed fossil tree; the borders in this area contain Camellias and Daphnes which flower in the winter.
Behind the front range is the Yurt. The plants around it can all be used by man and have ethnobotanical importance.
The south facing beds outside the Front Range are ideal for plants like Abutilon megapotamicum 'Variegatum' and Aristolochia moupinensis. Crinums grow very well in the shelter provided by the Orchid and Cycad House.