1066 Country is home to some of the countries finest gardens. Whatever month you choose to visit a garden in 1066 Country there is something to delight the senses. January to March sees the first snowdrops and daffodils. April to May the various fruit trees blossom, bluebells carpet the woodland, the magnificent wisteria cascades down and there are thousands of tulips throughout the gardens. June is fragrant with roses and lavender while in July the scent of sweet peas and the heady fragrance of lilies begin to perfume the air. It is at its most bountiful in mid-summer. Summer bedding plants continue through August, then the hot borders come into their own with dahilas, cannas and asters amongst the many late flowering herbaceous perennials.
Great Dixter was the family home of Christopher Lloyd, who devoted his lifetime to creating one of the most experimental, exciting and constantly changing gardens of our time. Incorporating many medieval buildings, the gardens surround the house, each complementing the other.
There is a wide variety of interest from yew topiary, carpets of meadow flowers, the colourful tapestry of mixed borders (including the famous Long Border), natural ponds and the exuberant Exotic Garden.
Created during the early 1990s the beautiful gardens at Merriments have quickly developed into a stunningly beautiful 4 acres of densely planted borders where the plants grown in the nursery can be seen in a garden context with a truly remarkable depth of imagination.
There are several gardens all planted with a different themes. On entering the entrance garden it immediately strikes you as being excitingly different. Wander down and peep through the Yew circle to the new formal pottager beyond. Turning right from the entrance takes you through the hot borders where as summer progresses, the hotter the border! Other areas include the Golden Border, Blue Gravel Garden, the Ponds & Tropical Border and the wild area complete with bird hide.
All these stunning gardens have their own nurseries so you can create your own version when you get home!