Friday 21st Feb, Garden Closed due to adverse weather conditions.

We regret that due to the recent flooding caused by Storm Dennis and the continuing adverse weather conditions for this week and high winds predicted on Friday 21st Feb, we are unable to open the gardens safely to the public.

We are sorry for any inconvenience and hope you will be able to visit us on our next open day March 6th 11am-3pm.

As seen on Gardener’s World

Ellicar Gardens Open Days 2020

21st Feb 11am-3pm

6th March 11am-3pm

10th, 24th April 11am -4pm

8th , 22nd May 11am-4pm

5th, 19th June 11am-4pm

3rd, 17th July 11am-4pm

11th, 18th Sept 11am-4pm

2nd, 16th Oct 11am-4pm


Where is Spring?

What a gardening disaster this spring is turning out to be! Had so many plans for the garden this weekend but woke up to 2” of snow this morning so all that went out the window!

However, I have indulged in some productive armchair gardening that is nearly as good as, and sometimes even better than, the real thing. With armchair gardening, plants never die and borders are stunning.

This morning I sat and planned the new 20m long beach border adjacent to the pool – quite a tricky border acting as a buffer between the garden and a late season wildflower meadow (yet to be sown and another potential gardening disaster!).

I have chosen airy grasses in swathes like deschampsias and molineas, with some miscanthus in between (miscanthus are great here for creating a localised wind shield for other plants to cosy up to). I will weave through the grasses some native meadow wildflowers like filipendula, burnett, scabious, oxe eye daisies and weld, together with some naturalistic looking reliable perennials like echinacea pallida, veronicastrum, eupatorium.  For structure we planted an Acer rubrum and Euoymus europaeus- both have fantastic Autumn leaf colour too.

I’m hoping to create an ornamental version of the wildflower meadow beyond, that will look lovely near the water’s edge and fit in well with the wild garden beyond. I can’t wait to get started on this border- I only hope it looks half as good in reality as it does from my armchair!!