Places to visit this month: July

Head gardener Mat Reese chooses his favourite places to visit in July to find seasonal plants at their best.


Gardens are a joy to visit in high-summer, when green foliage and blousey flowers are at their best. To help you find planting inspiration for your own garden, we asked head gardener Mat Reese to choose some of his favourite places to visit to admire the plants July has to offer.




Ashwood Nurseries
Although Ashwood Nurseries is best known for its spring displays of hellebores, cyclamen and hepatica, it also has a very good collection of woody and herbaceous plants. It would be well worth a day out in July to stock up on hydrangeas and salvias, of which it has notable collections. Ashwood Nurseries, Ashwood Lower Lane, Kingswinford, West Midlands DY6 0AE. Tel 01384401996,

Stockton Bury
If you do visit Ashwood, then the lovely gardens at Stockton Bury in the bucolic Herefordshire countryside are just an hour’s drive southwest. The garden is quite young, and has been developed over the past 30 years by prominent plantsmen Raymond Treasure and Gordon Fenn. The garden surrounds lovely old farm buildings, orchards and the main house, and is composed of mixed borders, temples and a vegetable garden. It hosts a good collection of plants, many of which are rare. Stockton Bury Gardens, Kimbolton, Leominster, Herefordshire HR6 0HB. Tel 07880 712649,

Pan Global
For more unusual plants, Pan Global is the place to go. Proprietor Nick Macer has a fantastic and ever-changing catalogue of plants from all corners of the globe. It’s well worth making the effort to visit the nursery if you want something very special for the garden. Pan Global, The Walled Garden, Frampton Court, Frampton-on-Severn, Gloucestershire GL2 7EX. Tel 01425 741641,

Merriments Gardens and Nursery
If you’re visiting either Great Dixter or Sissinghurst this summer then try and visit nearby Merriments Gardens and Nursery. The garden was fairly recently carved out of a field, and showcases a wide selection of good garden plants available at the nursery (and shows what can be achieved in a relatively short space of time). Merriments Gardens, Hawkhurst Road, Hurst Green, East Sussex TH19 7RA. Tel 01580 860 666,




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