Wollerton Old Hall

Wollerton Old Hall in Shropshire is a garden I visited about 6 or 7 years ago, it maybe even 8 years ago.  I remember thinking the garden was rather nice then and recently I have been musing that I really should go back and see how it was developing.   The garden is a two-hour drive from my house so needless to say there was always a reason for not going and whenever I was in the area it didn’t coincide with their open days.  Anyway, I have become aware of a charity called Perennial and that they organise garden visits as a way of raising funds.  Lo and behold there was Wollerton Old Hall so I decided that I would book and go.   I am so pleased I did  as I had a lovely visit.

The timbered part of the building dates from the 16th century but when the owners bought the property in the late 1980s there was no garden to speak of.  The interesting part of the story is that when Lesley Jenkins, the current owner, was a child she lived in the house for 10 years and it was only a chance detour that lead her to discover the house was on the market.   Lesley trained as an artist and you can see this talent and training quite clearly in the plantings and how the various garden spaces are structure.

Now you might be thinking from the photographs so far that this is a garden of foliage and hedges.  Well the hedges and cones are very important for the structure and all round interest but this is definitely a garden of colour.

Our tour guide was the Head Gardener, Alan Humphris.  He told us how the hot garden had started as a hot border which got extended and then again last autumn extended again as the owners just love it so much.  I have to say it was my favourite area of the garden although I suspect at other times of the year other areas sing as much.  There is a lot of tender perennials in the borders which are planted out to replace tulips.

But enough of the heat there are other generous herbaceous borders in the garden.

This is a border that  is loosely based on Gertrude Jekyll’s style of planting with the flower colours ranging from reds at one end through to oranges etc at the other.  A number of people were commenting on how much colour there was for mid summer when many gardens seem to be flat between early and late summer.

What really struck me at this garden was the amount of Phloxes.  I haven’t got any phloxes in my garden although I often admire them on other blogs.  However seeing how much colour they can bring to the border at this time of year I have decided that these are what I need to lift the Cottage Garden Border.

These are the highlights of my visit but we also had a lovely two course lunch, I bought some plants and had a lovely drive back cross-country through the gorgeous Shropshire and Worcestershire countryside.  All in all an excellent day.  I shall definitely go back to Wollerton Old Hall and I will be awaiting Perennial’s Special Events list for next year.


22 Comments on “Wollerton Old Hall

  1. How exciting to find such beauty within a two-hour dive of home. Thank you for sharing such beautiful pictures. The manicured hedges are gorgeous.

  2. Wow! What a beautiful garden, and the old timbered building is my idea of a fairy tale home! I loved all your photos. If only an ocean did not prevent me from popping in for a qujck visit of my own!

  3. This garden is a gem! Thanks for sharing some new photos of it. It is glorious in spring also.

  4. Would be lovely just to sit there painting all the colours – thanks for some great pics.

  5. Stunning photographs, Helen! It is many years since I visited Wollerton and your wonderful posting makes me feel quite homesick. I must go back there on my next trip to England. P. x

  6. Beautiful garden, I’ll definitely put it on my list of places to visit!
    Talking of the Perennial charity, Philip Voice, the founder of the Landscape Juice Network, is raising money for Perennial by riding a mower from Bergerac to John O’Groats! Crazy idea, in a great cause. He is aiming to raise £10,000 and is about 15% there, so any publicity he can get will be much appreciated. See http://www.hortaid.org.uk/.

  7. It must be a similar length of time since we’ve visited Wollerton – must remedy. Lesley has been to our garden club to talk about the creation of the garden which was most interesting. Phloxes sound ideal for your cottage garden border – not just the colour but the scent too 🙂

  8. So very pretty. I love to visit other gardens and always come home with ideas for my own. In early July I had the opportunity to visit Herrenhauser Gardens in Germany, and this past weekend we toured the botanical gardens at Penn State University, right in the center of Pennsylvania, about 3 hours from my home.

    I have to admit my ignorance, though, and Google Gertrude Jekyll!

  9. What a lovely garden. I absolutely love the look of hedges with a riot of color in front. I had one phlox in my garden, which I promptly killed. I think it’s time to try again!

  10. I love the bed based on Gertrude Jekyll’s style. Although you say it has lots of colour, the photo captures some lovely cool white which I found really restful.

  11. Helen this is a fabulous garden. I think I could spend hours wandering. I love the hot border too as well as the phlox. My poor phlox is still dired up from the drought so this was a lovely surprise.

  12. Yvonne – NZ – Another on my with list for when I win Lotto and get to Britain again!! Nothing like being an optimist – always hoping – my husband buys the tickets I just wish!

  13. Interesting to see this at this time of year. I have been but much earlier and it is totally different, although still very beautiful! Much more red and gold than I remember.

  14. Yesterday Katherine and I visited Wollerton Old Hall Garden , a garden I had come across by chance whilst browsing the gardening sections of the various national newspapers. Bunny Guinness , writing in the Telegraph, enthuses about the place so on visiting my parents in Manchester we made the stop at Wollerton in North Shropshire to judge for ourselves.

  15. What a beautiful garden, so many different and wonderful colours, I’d love to go. The flowers seem almost wild as they are tall and growing in all directions but somehow it just seems to work.

    James @ Capital Gardens

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