Late Summer Gardens Flourish!
Gardens can often look a bit jaded by August so if you want to seek out some new ideas on how to avoid the left over look then the seven gardens opening for the National Gardens Scheme in Norfolk this month will provide ample inspiration!
On Sunday 2nd August Dunbeaghan near Dereham is a riot of late flowering perennials among the borders and island beds, together with plenty of rare and unusual plants in this popular and ever developing garden. See more: Dunbheagan
On the same day The Old Rectory at Kirby Bedon opens for the first time for the NGS and in complete contrast is a formal structured garden with box balls, yew and hornbeam hedges. A sunken rose garden has a pond complete with an unusual fountain. See more: The Old Rectory, Kirby Bedon
North Lodge in Norwich opens on August 2nd and the 9th with a host of ornamental features surrounding a Victorian Gothic cemetery lodge, it demonstrates just how much interest you can exploit from a town garden. See more: North Lodge
Also on the 9th August Severals Grange at Wood Norton has an extensive range of borders featuring ornamental grasses complemented by perennials and shrubs. The attached nursery has a large stock of plants for sale and the delightful Jane and Brenda are on hand to give expert advice on how to use grasses in a garden to extend the summer. See more: Severals Grange
On Sunday 16th August Seamere at Hingham (photo at top of page)makes welcome return with a 5 acre garden which includes a new wetland garden, potager, species roses and much more with spectacular views over a 20 acre mere as a bonus. See more: Sea Mere
The Mowle in Ludham is another wetland garden of over 2 acres accommodating the National Collection of Gunnera which are giant rhubarb like plants, they certainly relish moisture and provide ample shelter form sun or rain! See more: The Mowle
On Bank Holiday weekend August 29th, 30th & 31st Suil Na Mara at Bacton has managed to find space for 200 plant varieties in an exotic quarter acre plot containing several garden rooms. Plenty of ideas here in a garden that brings new meaning to the word “Tardis”! See more: Suil Na Mara
All the gardens will be providing homemade teas and a visit will not only help you glean late summer inspiration for your own garden but also provides vital funds for the nursing and caring charities supported by the NGS.
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