Merriments Garden
Merriments Garden
Merriments is a lovely modern garden covering 4 acres, with plants ranging from tropical to a gravel garden. Especially interesting is the 'Golden Border', brim full of yellow colour.
What to See
Highlights at Merriments include a walled garden in formal style with a quiet rill running through it. See the silver birch glade where crocuses add colour in spring. There is a wild garden area with a hide for enjoying the local bird life, and a Tropical Border with lush displays in late summer.

One of the best features at Merriments are the borders, created with colour-themes in mind. Other enjoyable features include a bog garden and a pair of ponds linked by a dry stream-bed where primulas and alliums grow in lush abundance.

Another interesting garden area is the Blue Gravel Garden, with self-seeded grasses and verbenas, where delphiniums and acanthus thrive early in the year. A complete contrast is the Hot Border, planted so that as the summer goes on the colours get hotter! Near the entrance is a yew circle, with conveniently located holes in the hedges to create peepholes over a gentle canal.

The garden is sheltered by high hedges, giving it the air of a secret garden, sheltered from the outside world. This sheltered environment helps create a garden with a long season for enjoying scent, colours, and texture of a wide variety of plants.

Most of the plants you see - including some of the more unusual varieties - are available for sale in the nursery. Merriments is an excellent resource for inspiration and planning how to create your own garden, and they also offer a garden-planning service.

Merriments has frequently appeared in gardening magazines on both sides of the Atlantic, and has been featured on BBC Gardeners World. Pre-booked guided tours are available, as are evening tours after normal garden hours.