Adderstone House has a 10 acre garden within a coastal Northumbrian landscape. There are formal gardens around the house, a walled garden, sunken garden and dry border. Much of the garden is still under development with a long term strategy to compartmentalise it into more intimate manageable garden spaces.


Alitex make glasshouses and conservatories, both ‘off the peg’ and bespoke; the inspiration and feel is always Victorian, the technology aluminium and therefore low-maintenance. Their Sussex headquarters and workshop includes many examples of the structures they build and is a good place to learn about how to manage them for plants and crops.


Arvensis Perennials is a trade-only nursery which supplies perennials and ornamental grasses to designers and other bulk users. Their wide range of plants is very much a contemporary one. Trial beds and demostration plots show off the extensive plant range.
Lower South Wraxall, Bradford-on-Avon BA15 2RU

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Beningborough Hall. Eight acres of ardens surrounded by water meadows, with an American garden, a Victorian conservatory, box-edged rose gardens, a lily pool, sculptures and a walled garden notable for its lavender and an extensive collection of apple and pear varieties. Beningbrough, York YO30 1DD National Trust

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Borde Hill has veteran plantings of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias and magnolias, to which have been added a Rose Garden with David Austin roses and herbaceous borders for summer colour, while the Dell has a sub-tropical feel. A plantsman’s garden with considerable botanical interest. Haywards Heath RH16 1XP

Bury Court   Bury Court has not one, but two contemporary gardens, one designed by owner John Coke with a major input from Piet Oudolf (his first British commission) and the other by Christopher Bradley-Hole, both featuring drifts of perennials and grasses. The setting is an atmospheric stone farmyard complex.  Bentley, Farnham GU10 5LZ

Bury Court has not one, but two contemporary gardens, one designed by owner John Coke with a major input from Piet Oudolf (his first British commission) and the other by Christopher Bradley-Hole, both featuring drifts of perennials and grasses. The setting is an atmospheric stone farmyard complex.        Bentley, Farnham, Hampshire GU10 5LZ         


Chatsworth is one of northern England’s greatest gardens, mostly 19th century within a Capability Brown landscape. Formal gardens, an early rockery, monumental waterworks, a maze, rose gardens, kitchen gardens, and over five miles of walks much of them through woodland. Bakewell DE45 1PP

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The Coach House's  classical and elegant Cotswold garden was featured in GI magazine in July 2016. It features roses, perennials and some fine shrub planting. It hosts The Generous Gardener plant fairs and other events, including its own lecture programme.    The Coach House Garden, Ampney Crucis, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 5RY

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East Ruston Old Vicarage enjoys a reputation as one of the country’s most flamboyant and experimental gardens, its exotic planting defying the nearby sea; also roses, the desert wash and Californian border, a formal Dutch garden, much artful clipping and exuberant container planting. East Ruston, Norwich, Norfolk NR12 9HN


Forde Abbey is a lively historic garden dating back to the early 18th century and on a monastic site: extensive borders punctuated by topiary; a bog garden, plenty of seasonal planting, an arboretum, and a very high fountain. Nursery.          Chard, Somerset TA20 4LU

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Green and Gorgeous grow a wide range of perennials in nursery rows and in polytunnels for cutting. Baliffs House, Little Stoke, Wallingford, OX10 6AX


Hillside is a young garden, created by Dan over the last nine years, on the sunny lip of a beautiful limestone valley just outside Bath. There are perennial borders but also a kitchen garden and a rich array of wildflowers. The views are quite breathtaking.


The Horniman Museum’s gardens were initially developed to illustrate aspects of the museum’s anthropological collections, such as dye plants. Recent developments include an area of habitat planting by James Hitchmough of Sheffield University. 100 London Rd, Forest Hill, London SE23 3PQ


Hospitalfield. Well-established as an arts venue, the museum has recently embarked on an ambitious programme of garden building, led by Nigel Dunnett of Sheffield University, reflecting the long history of the property. Arbroath, Angus, DD11 2NH


Iford Manor was the home of the early 20th century designer Harold Peto who left a distinct Italianate stamp with pools, colonnades, statuary and clipped shrubs; all on a terraced hillside above the river Frome. nr. Bradford on Avon, BA15 2BA


Pépinière Filippi has a wide range of plants collected from all over the Mediterranean region, chosen for their ability to cope with a range of dry conditions and grown in a naturalistic way. There is an emphasis on systematic experimentation and developing combinations for ground cover.

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Parham House is one of the country’s finest Elizabethan Houses. The gardens consist of beautiful Pleasure Grounds and a four-acre Walled Garden. There are herbaceous borders, a glasshouse, vegetable garden, orchard and a 1920s Wendy House. Pulborough, West Sussex, RH20 4HS


Scampston Hall is the location for one of the first Piet Oudolf commissions in Britain, a stunning contemporary formal garden, along with perennial plantings. Capability Brown landscape in the adjacent park.

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Sheffield Botanical Gardens is a public park dating to 1836, retaining much of its 19th century character; 19 acres including champion trees, sub-tropical and medicinal plants, three Plant Heritage national plant collections and a prairie. The buildings and gardens were restored in 1999. Clarkehouse Rd, Sheffield S10 2LN.


Stillingfleet Lodge Garden is a quintessentially English country garden, planted-up over 40 years comprising a series of small gardens planted and managed with wildlife in mind. The accompanying nursery has a very wide range of perennials. Stewart Ln, Stillingfleet, York YO19 6HP.


Thenford. Extensive woodland restoration was a priority for Michael and Anne Heseltine when they took over the property in 1976, followed by the creation of one of Britain’s finest tree collections, formal gardens and herbaceous borders.


Trentham Estate Gardens are the site of the most adventurous contemporary planting design in Britain, with work by Piet Oudolf, Tom Stuart-Smith and Nigel Dunnett. The setting is a vast Capability Brown landscape around a lake. There is a shopping village and a number of other family-orientated attractions. Trentham, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 8JG


Whitburgh House includes an extensive collection of contemporary sculpture in the policies surrounding the house. The old walled kitchen garden is the site of striking plantings inspired by owner Elizabeth Salvesen’s travels looking at and learning from gardens around the world.

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Yeo Valley Organic Gardens is one of only a handful of ornamental gardens in Britain to be certified organic. It is the work of Sarah Mead and her team who have spent the last 18 years turning six and a half acres of land into a diverse patchwork of ornamental and edible planting. Holt Farm, Bath Road, Blagdon, N Somerset, BS40 7SQ

Banner image: Marina Christopher at Parham House, June 2017