As you emerge from Front Court into Latham, a large Magnolia grandiflora is to be found on your right, standing as tall as the buildings which surround it. The magnolia is clothed in dark, glossy evergreen leaves that are punctuated by huge cream-coloured flowers from May to November which have a beautiful subtle lemon scent. Stretching out from the magnolia, the Old Library bed is a traditional herbaceous border, full of varying height and colour during the summer months.
The many buildings which make up Latham Court are fronted by narrow beds. These are full of sun-loving plants such as Echium, Piptanthus nepalensis and Vitis.
The lawn area which leads down to a river terrace that overlooks the Cam is dominated by a Fagus sylvatica purpurea (purple beech) underplanted with a mixture of bulbs providing a lovely spring display. There is a circular seat around the base of the large Taxus baccata (common yew), which provides a cool and relaxing place to sit and admire the array of shade-loving plants, such as foxgloves, dicentras and epimediums, which flourish under the tree in the late spring.