Are you looking for some ideas to increase interest and extend the peak flowering season in your garden? The gardens opening in August for the National Gardens Scheme in Norfolk are just the place to look for inspiration!

On Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th August 2012  FURZE HOUSE, Rushall, Diss IP21 4RT 
Open (10-6) adm £3.50, chd free. There are over forty borders full of fascinating plants at their peak with many unusual and rare. A large pond and alpine scree together with vegetable and fruit areas complete the show. Light refreshments & home-made teas are available each day.

On Sunday 5th August DUNBHEAGAN, Westfield, Dereham NR19 1QF
Open (12.30-5.30). Adm £4, chd free.
This is the place to see late flowering perennials en masse with some great combinations in 1.5 acres of extensive borders. Many you will be able to buy from the owner, Jean Walton, who will be happy to share her amazing plant knowledge and give advice.

On Sunday 12th August there is a new garden opening at PLOVERS, SMALLBURGH, NR12 9LR 
Open (1.30-5).Adm £3, chd free This is a tropical paradise created in just two years so you will gain not only ideas but how to achieve a fantastic garden in double quick time! Plants are on sale to get you started. Light refreshments & teas available.

Also on the 12th August SEVERALS GRANGE, Wood Norton, NR20 5BL. 
Open (2-5). Adm £3, chd free has eye catching displays of long lasting late Summer grasses and colourful foliage plants in gardens adjoining a nursery where you can both purchase and get valuable advice from the owner. Home made teas available.

On Sunday 19th August another new garden will be open at DAISY COTTAGE, Roughton, Norwich NR11 8AF. 
Open (11-5). Adm £4, chd free This 2 acre garden is a haven for wildlife with stream, pond and bog garden. There is an apiary, chickens, ducks, and a vegetable garden with produce for sale. Light refreshments & home-made teas available.

Also on the 19th August HOVETON HALL GARDENS nr Wroxham NR12 8RJ
Open(10.30-5). Adm £6.50, chd £3. The 15 acre grounds have splendid walks with hydrangeas at their best and plenty to see in the walled herbaceous and kitchen gardens. Tearooms will be open serving light lunches and afternoon tea. Plant sales also available.

NGS County Organiser, Anthea Foster, said “these gardens are the ideal places to look for inspiration and tips for your own garden plans in the approaching Autumn and Winter”

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