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We are going to open the nursery garden again in 2020.  It is a beautiful garden but it has a purpose.  Here is a chance to see where our plants begin!  A nursery stock plant area can be just blocks of plants to propagate from, but here it has been thoughtfully designed so that the collections of plants look good together, showing the differences between varieties, linking shapes, textures and colours across the planting schemes with plenty of seats, carefully placed to enjoy the plants.

Entered through the plant sales area a wide path lead you between a large stock bed of Hemerocallis  and a large bed of Arundo donax, Iris sibirica, Miscanthus, Filipendula, Rodgersia, Eupatorium. The journey continues through recent planting of a small collection of bamboos leading to collections of dwarf Syringa, Phlox, Galega, Symphotrichum, Hesperanthera, more Miscanthus, Actaea, bordered by Camellia sasanqua.

Passing through  a short avenue of Luma apiculata and collections of Camellia and Pittosporum, the space opens up with views over farmland.  The wide, gently curving paths lead you through the collections of Cornus, underplanted with varieties of Vinca minor, Bergenia and Epimedium. A large grass collection including  Deschampsia, Pennisetum, Briza, Molinia, Stipa, Schizachryium and Anemanthele planted with Cirsium, Sanguisorba, Trifolium, Veronicastrum, Aster amellus and A. x frikartii, Helenium, Sedum, Centaurea and Dierama.

You will see stunning combinations of Salvia nemerosa and S. x sylvestris, Anthemis, Geranium sanguineum varieties, Erigeron glaucus in a gravel garden for early Summer colour with Coreopsis, Osteospermum Geranium x riverlianum, Oenothera  for late Summer colour with a back ground planting of Persicaria amplexicaulis varieties that start flowering in June and go on into Autumn. There is a large bed of Agapanthus, Crocosmia and Kniphofia divided by a cambered cobbled path which is at peak display in August.

The Autumn border houses the collection of hardy chrysanthemums, Symphotrichum novae-angliae, Helianthus, Rudbeckia planted with Miscanthus and Panicum grasses. Plants are labelled or records of planting positions kept to ensure accurate propagation.  Tim uses the garden to help customers with designing their own borders, he can demonstrate his ideas and show what grows well in the local London clay.  Some borders are newly planted and there are areas still to be developed – roses are being grown for a perfumed garden and work has started on a woodland garden.

Long House Plants’ garden will be open in 2021 from 11am-4pm on;

Saturday, 19th June

Wednesday, 7th July NGS

Saturday, 17th July

Wednesday, 4th August NGS

Saturday, 14th August

Wednesday, 8th September NGS

Saturday, 18th September

 Most importantly, there will be tea and cake!  Wednesdays are for the National Garden Scheme, where the entrance fee of £6 for adults, £3 for children and proceeds from the refreshments will all be donated to their chosen charities.  The refreshments on Saturdays will be provided by the Salvation Army, local garden clubs/charities who will keep all the proceeds.

I hope to have another Macmillan Coffee Morning again – keep an eye out for the date.

If you have a reliable and delicious cake recipe, we’d love to try it!

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