Stourton House Flower Garden
Stourton House Flower Garden
A charming 4.5-acre plantsman's garden is an imaginative 20th-century creation on the site of the derelict garden of the old Stourton Rectory.

Not to be confused with its famous neighbour, Stourhead Gardens, this delightful oasis of calm is the creation of Elizabeth Bullivant, who even has a Viburnum plicatum (Japanese snowball) named after her.

Beginning in the early 1960s, Bullivant and her husband Anthony created an eccentric and appealing flower garden from the neglected gardens of the old Stourhead rectory. They planted a leylandii to create privacy, and the hedge is now 12 feet tall. There is a small lake where dragonflies soar, and a profusion of magnolia and huge rhododendrons.

Nature is not conquered here; it is encouraged to thrive; so the lawns are not mowed, wildflowers are encouraged, and natural plants outnumber grass. Teasel is a favourite, as are spring flowers such as daffodils, and over 270 varieties of hydrangeas in autumn. In September there is a flower gala in St Peter's church in Stourhead, with over 1000 flowers from the gardens on show.

Not just the garden is filled with unusual and colourful flowers, so are the tasty looking cakes in the tea shop.