Drifts of snowdrops, aconites, erythroniums and hellebores in spring are followed by species peonies, sumptuous tree peonies, herbaceous peonies and delphiniums. Colourful Japanese maples, daphnes and cornus are underplanted with hostas, heucheras, and brunneras. Then agapanthus, salvias and hydrangeas extend the seasons, with hundreds of clematis providing yr-round colour.
Saturday 10 February, Sunday 11 February (1.30 - 3.30pm). Admission £3.00, children free. Home-made teas.
Refreshments in aid of British Red Cross.
Visitors also welcome by arrangement for groups of 10-30. Adm £3 per head or min £30. Refreshments by prior request only. Admission £3.00, children free. Home-made teas.
This garden also opens as part of Welford-on-Avon & District Gardens on Saturday 23, Sunday 24 June.
Eric & Glenis Dyer
Gravel front drive slightly sloping, garden mainly flat.
How to find us
Elm Close, Welford-on-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 8PT
5m SW of Stratford, off B4390. Elm Close is between Welford Garage & The Bell Inn, roadside parking.
More about Elm Close
Layout and content; third-acre site, heavily planted. The garden is interesting all year round, from snowdrops, Iris unguicularis, epimediums, aconites, adonis, hellebores etc in late winter, to cyclamen, colchicum, nerines, schizostylis, etc in late autumn. The lawn gets steadily smaller each year! Border features. Shrubs include numerous peonies (including tree peonies), assorted daphnes, many acers, viburnums, cornus, Aralia elata variegata, handkerchief tree, Magnolia grandiflora Exmouth, two Cornus Forest Pansy and many more. Planting is mostly perennial; a few annuals (cerinthe, poppies etc) and biennials (variegated honesty) and some half-hardies (cannas, aeoniums, echeverias, etc) which are overwintered in the conservatory. Special features Pool, with koi. Numerous troughs (containing mainly alpines) and containers with magnolias, azaleas, pieris, camellias. 200+ clematis – something in flower all year round. Cold greenhouse for alpines mainly. 2 cold frames. Our approach to gardening We try to do a bit each day, keeping the garden “up to scratch” as many groups come to see the garden, in addition to our charity days for NGS. Background on the garden: when we came here, there was one narrow border, an overgrown rockery where the pond is now, and a 12ft high privet hedge (its removal was a major operation) divided the lawn from the small vegetable plot and fruit trees. Another mammoth task was removing two enormous weeping willows before we could get started on the back garden. The first year we were here we planted a selection of cistus and hebes – and lost the lot in the 1981 winter! Type of soil: heavy loam, fairly neutral as we are able to grow most plants directly in the ground, except for the real acid-lovers that insist on a lighter, “woodsy” soil. We compost most of our prunings (except clematis vines, which clog even our industrial-sized shredder), and this all helps to improve the soil texture. Our worst problem over recent years has been drought. Maintenance programme: we try to clear plant debris in the autumn, and never to let a weed run to seed. The grass is cut almost year round, and the borders are top-dressed at least once a year. Growmore fertiliser is applied in spring, with phostrogen or another high-potash fertiliser used before flowering. Clematis particularly are fed (and watered) regularly. Why do we enjoy gardening? We are both practical people, who love beautiful things. We are also both compulsive propagators – I still have many pots of seed and neither of us can prune a plant without rescuing and propagating any suitable shoots! Our garden is an eclectic mix of plants, and although it was not “designed” it gives us constant pleasure (as well as work!), and also gives pleasure to our many visitors.