Willows greets you with a wow! Late summer sizzle and vibrant exotics with a jungly mix of bananas, bamboos, gunnera and ferns around the tranquil pond and bog garden. Bold brilliant borders frame the front lawn. Rich red crocosmias, dahlias, zinnias, cannas and heleniums star in succession. Sunny hot upper borders of coleus, salvia, bedding dahlias with a backdrop of billowing grasses.
Willows is holding a Dahlia Day on Sun 3 Sept, at 3pm Elizabeth will demonstrate how to take cuttings, plant and separate mature tubers. Also how to over winter plant dahlia tubers in the ground, dig up, and store if ground is unsuitable.
Saturday 29 July, Sunday 30 July, Saturday 5 August, Sunday 6 August, Saturday 2 September, Sunday 3 September (2 - 5pm). Admission £3.50, children free. Cream teas.
Visitors also welcome by arrangement July & August for groups of 20+, incl talk, garden tour & cream teas. Please enquire about price when booking.
Wheelchairs usually manage to access all of Willows garden.
How to find us
Willows, Pilley Hill, Boldre, Lymington, Hampshire, SO41 5QF
New Forest. 2m N Lymington off A337. To avoid traffic in Lyndhust, leave M27 at J2 & follow Heavy Lorry Route. Disabled parking at gate.
More about Willows
Willows is a garden of two halves. The large front garden is dominated by the pond, main lawns and borders, while the upper garden is dry and sandy.
The pond is fed by a natural spring and the front borders are also damp. All lend themselves to moisture loving plants. Huge bamboos, giant gunneras, hostas and dogwoods surround the pond. The borders are a riot of cannas, zinnias, dahlias and persicarias in summer, while neat box hedges give some authority and bold plants act as punctuation marks, whether they be yuccas or bananas, shrubs or cardoons.
The upper dry garden makes use of our natural watering system – the old septic tank is used for water storage and a large pump distributes to the entire garden. No tap water is needed at Willows. The sandy soil is home to many self sown annuals and biennials from foxgloves to sisyrinchiums , salvias, cosmos and valerian.