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Bordervale Plants

Within mature woodland valley (semi-tamed), with stream and bog garden, extensive mixed borders; mini wildflower meadow, providing diverse wildlife habitats. Children must be supervised. The Nursery specialises in unusual perennials and cottage garden plants. Nursery open: Fri - Sun (10-5), (and often open Mon - Thurs) mid Mar - mid Sept, when garden is also open mid May - mid Sept. Not for NGS.

Awarded Silver Gilt Medal (for Unusual Welsh grown trees, shrubs & perennials) RHS Flower Show Cardiff.

Opening for NGS:
Tuesday 15 May, Sunday 10 June, Sunday 8 July, Monday 27 August (11am - 4pm). Admission £3.00, children free.

Mrs Claire Jenkins

For other opening times and information, please phone 01446 774036, email or visit

Wheelchair access to top third of garden as well as Nursery.

How to find us

Bordervale Plants, Sandy Lane, Ystradowen, Cowbridge, Glamorgan, CF71 7SX

8m W of Cardiff. 10 mins from M4 or take A4222 from Cowbridge. Turn at Ystradowen postbox, then 3rd L & proceed ½m, follow brown signs. Garden on R. Parking in rd.

More about Bordervale Plants

The sheltered garden of Nant-y-deri is situated in the rolling border vale of Glamorgan at 92M (300') i.e. between the coastal plain and more dramatic valleys of the South Wales Coalfields. Southwest facing, incorporating a fairly steep wooded valley and stream running north-south. The soil is a very sandy stony glacial moraine and the pH is neutral to acid. The climate is mild and damp but not as frost free as the Glamorgan coast. The garden's own valley is a frost pocket.The wooded valley has been planted to enhance the existing mature trees and integrate with the natural flora. At the valley bottom is a bog garden beside the stream.Great use is made of shade beds in the wood environs and the strategic use of climbers to complement the woodland of predominantly native oaks. Unusual plants and rare varieties are favoured wherever possible.The lower lawn including a small wildflower meadow, is edged by shade beds on the one side and an extensive mixed border on the east side.Towering above the top lawn is a magnificent oak tree topped by Rosa filipes 'Kiftsgate'. Less hardy plants are sited against the south and west facing walls of the house.Within the garden is the Nursery - 'Bordervale Plants' specialises in unusual perennials and shrubs (many of which are growing in the garden) as well as cottage garden plants. New areas of the garden being developed are bringing ever more varied interest and advancing new ideas.