Why not visit local open gardens for inspiration!

Did you know there are 87 home owners in Essex (and hundreds across the UK) who open their gardens each year as part of the National Garden Scheme. Money is raised for charities including Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie and Hospice UK and £3.7m was raised across the UK in 2017.

If you haven’t visited any of these gardens, we really encourage you to do so. They range from small to large, traditional to contemporary and one thing they all have in common is garden and plant mad owners, who will leave you inspired to get planting in your own garden. We visited a couple recently and here are some photo highlights.


Furzelea in Danbury



Borders were beautifully tended with an amazing amount of colour, even on a cold April day. The borders are colour themed, with tulips and early perennials picking up hues from shrubs and pruned trees – to great effect. Next open June 3rd, when the focus changes to Roses and perennials.



Darmera peltata or Umbrella plant

Ulting Wick, near Maldon

A carefully curated explosion of colour, with some of the best tulip displays we have ever seen – set off by the Essex black barns behind. One of only 22 gardens included in new book ‘Secret Gardens of East Anglia’.  Next open August 27th when the Summer beds full of tender exotic plants will be in full swing.



In the past we have also visited Feeringbury Manor which is only ten minutes from here and will have some beautiful blossom in May, and Beeleigh Abbey Gardens which feature a mix of woodland and more formal planting. Both are well worth a visit, and there are many more on our list to experience!!