Agapanthus Apartment, St. Mary's, Isles of Scilly
The Conservatory Garden
Garden Deck
Lampranthus Wall
Front Terrace Garden
Garden Terrace
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TravelA wonderful place to relax and unwind on the Isles of Scilly

Lovingly created over the past decade following the complete rebuilding of our home, the extensive garden has been transformed from a barren sandy slope into a wonderful haven amid colourful and exotic plants and flowers. With seating and patio areas incorporated to take advantage of the panoramic sea and countryside views the garden is a fabulous place to relax and unwind during your stay in 'Agapanthus' apartment.

Landscaped Gardens


Situated on a gradually sloping, east facing sandbank, initial layout and construction of the garden commenced in 2003 and involved the building of a number of granite stone faced walls to help retain the sandbank surrounding the property. These walls allowed for the creation of further level terraced areas ultimately rising to the top of the site.

Paved areas and stepped or sloping walkways were then incorporated to interconnect the newly created lawn, shrub and flower borders and interspersed with seating to take advantage of the views.

With the whole site exposed to potentially damaging salt laded westerly winter gales, hedges comprising pittosporum, oleria, escallonia, euonymus and coprosma were then planted to offer some protection to the developing shrub and flower borders.

With the ground primarily consisting of pure sand, recycled compost and seaweed were incorporated in some areas to improve the soil condition and allow for the growing of a more diverse range of plants. Extensive shrub and flower borders have gradually been added together with a rock and gravel succulent garden, alfresco dining areas, a rope walk and kitchen, herb and vegatable garden.

The Garden in Summer

The Garden Plants & Flowers

The Isles of Scilly are blessed with a temperate climate and frosts are rare. Thus there is the potential to grow a diverse range of plants provided the soil conditions are right and protection afforded from damaging winds.

Our own garden is extremely free draining, so prone to drought and very exposed. Despite these limitations, the garden has an 'exotic' feel to it with unusual shrubs, flowers and succulents normally found in warmer climes combining to provide colour, texture and interest throughout the year.

Drifts of blue and white Agapanthus from South Africa on the top terrace prompted the name for our holiday apartment. Phormium in shades of purple, red and gold combine with aeonium, agave, aloe and osteospermum to provide seasonal contrast. Correa, Sophora, Metrosideros, Grevillia, Acacia and Coprosma from Australia and New Zealand. Echium, Pelargonium, Aeonium, Euphorbia from the Canary Islands. Gazania, Lampranthus, Watsonia and Tree Erica from South Africa. Cistus, Strelitzia, Olive and Viburnum from the Mediteranean are just a small example of the more exotic species to be found within the garden.

Although not a definitive list, some of the shrubs, plants and flowers that form the garden collection are listed right.

Garden Wildlife

Wildlife in the Garden

The Islands have an enviable reputation as a magnet for migrant birds many of which can be classed as rarities as far as the Uk is concerned. The main periods for observing these are mid April and mid October.

Although the sighting of some of the rarer birds within the confines of the garden is not common place, we do however see a great variety. Particular areas in the garden that attract birds are the tall pines, dense tamarisk trees, elms and the pittosporum and coprosma hedges.

The Islands have very few native land mammals but the unique Scilly shrew although a tiny, shy animal can sometimes be spotted scurrying along the granite walls or beneath the hedgerows. The garden is a haven for butterflies which are attracted to the nectar bearing single flowered varities of osteospermum and argyranthemum.

Amongst insects, the humming bird moth and convolvulus hawk moth are both regular visitors. Bees are attracted to the colourful blue Echium in abundance so there is alway a chance you may spot the Scilly bee, a rare species native to the islands. The common cricket can often be heard 'clicking' it's hind legs in the late summer months.

An indication of some of the varied wildlife that can be be found in the garden is listed in the column to the right.

Composting & Recycling

We encourage our guests to seperate out any vegatable kitchen waste before disposal. This combined with a considerable volume of grass cuttings, hedge clippings and leaf matter is composted down for garden use.

All granite stone used in the construction of the retaining walls has been recycled from that scattered around the original barren site. The timber used for the conservatory garden was recycled form old fencing panels.


Plants & Flowers

Red Camellia

Trees: Monterey Pine, Tamarisk, Elm, Oleria, Pittosporum, Coprosma, Meterociderus

Shrubs & Climbers: Acacia, Acer, Albizia, Azalea, Bamboo, Berberis, Broom, Buxus, Brugmansia, Buddleia, Camellia, Callistemon, Ceanothus, Choisya, Cistus, Coleonema, Correa, Cordyline, Coprosma, Cotoneaster, Cuphea, Datura, Echium, Elaeagnus, Erica, Escallonia, Euonymous, Fuchsia, Grevillea, Hebe, Honeysuckle, Hop, Hypericum Ivy, Metrosideros, Oleria, Olive, Palm, Passion Flower, Phormium, Puya, Pyracantha, Rosemary, Senecio, Sophora, Verbena, Yucca.

Plants & Flowers: Aeonium, Acanthus, Agave, Aloe, Arctotis, Abutilon, Arum Lily, Agapanthus, Amarylis, Arctotis, Azalea, Argyranthemum, Crassuala, Echeveria, Felicia, Furcraea, Gazania, Geranium, Halimium, Hemerocallis, Homeria, Knipfofia, Lampranthus, Lavender, Leonotis, Lily, Ochagavia, Pelargonium, Narcissii, Osteospermum, Sedum, Scilla, Strelizia, Watsonia.


The Garden Wildlife

A thrush in the garden

Birds: Blue Tit, Blackbird, Chaffinch, Chiffchaff, Coot, Dove, Dunnock, Fieldfare, Great Tit, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Goldcrest, Heron, Linnet, Redpoll, Redstart, Robin, Sparrow, Starling, Stonechat, Swallow, Swift, Thrush, Wren.

Insects: Butterfly, Bees, Moths, Cricket, Grasshopper.

Animals: Bat, Frog, Field Mouse, Hedgehog, Rabbit, Scilly Shrew.

British Blue Butterfly