A garden for all seasons

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In the nursery

The Nymans nursery team grow a range of plants for both the garden and our plant centre.

They are also responsible for conservation propagation at Nymans which focuses on our rare trees and shrubs. 

What are we working on this summer?

  • Planting the newly redesigned and reinvigorated Salvia collection.
  • New introductions of palms and tree ferns to our Sub-Tropical Terrace
  • The Sunken Garden gains a new planting scheme with a romantic airy feel
  • Welcome hub replanting
  • Work on the sunken rock garden
  • Mowing
  • Weeding

Meet Nymans' head gardeners

Since 1890 Nymans has had only five head gardeners. Their personalities and passion for plants have made Nymans the great garden it is today.

Spectacular summer

Summer planting

Lose yourself in the gardenâ¿¿s intimate and surprising corners © Stephen Robson

Nymans has a floral abundance throughout the summer with classics such as Astrantia, Centurea and Nepeta flowering early in the season.

By mid summer you'll be able to spot varieties of annuals such as Cosmos and Antirrhinum, together with more unusual varieties like Arctotis and Ridifolia. Late summer sees a crescendo of colour with Salvias, Asters and textural grasses. 



Chilean collection

Chilean plants at Nymans © NT/Nymans

Nymans has one of the finest Chilean collections in the United Kingdom growing in the walled garden.

The collection dates back to the late 1920s when Harold Comber, the son of James Comber the first Head Gardener at Nymans, went on a plant collecting expedition to the Andes and Chile.

At this time of year you'll see the dazzlingly bright Embrothium coccinium (Chilean fire tree), the enchanting Crindendron hookerianum (Chilean lantern tree) and the sweet smelling Luma apiculata.

The June borders

The June borders at Nymans © NT/John Miller

The June borders were designed by the Countess of Rosse around 1963, to provide interest in the garden in early summer.

As the name suggests the June Borders peak at the end of June and carry on flowering long into the summer months.

The borders contain a mixture of perennials such as Euphorbia ‘Excalibur’, Geranium ‘Patricia’ and Cirsium rivalare ‘Atropurpureum’ and summer flowering  shrubs Staphylea holocarpa ‘Rosea’ and Deutzia longifolia ‘Veitchii’. 

Summer at Nymans

Our wild flower meadow is buzzing with wildlife in summer © National Trust

Throughout the summer a spectacular display of colour in the walled garden is one of our best known features.

The Summer Borders were designed at the beginnning of the 20th century by Muriel Messel with probable guidance from William Robinson of Gravetye Manor. Muriel was believed to have been greatly influenced by Gertrude Jekyll.

At the end of May over 6000 annuals are planted at the front of the borders including Salvia ‘Lighthouse Purple’, Rubeckia ‘Tiger Eyed Gold’, and Nicotiana ‘Lime Green’.



Meet some of our gardening team

  • Meet gardener Kirstin Kelly

    Get to know some of our gardening team a little better. Kirstin Kelly has worked at Nymans for 4 years & tells us a bit more about herself here.

  • Meet gardener Jon Keen

    Jon's been a gardener at Nymans for 16 years, arriving initially as a work experience trainee then staying on to become responsible for one of Nymans most photographed features - the June borders.