Coleton Fishacre garden
With a climate as mild as South Cornwall created by the great trees sheltering this garden in a coastal valley, exotic and tender plants thrive in Coleton Fishacre garden. From formal terraces to woodland to explore, this garden is varied and filled with year-round interest, and one of the few National Trust gardens to be RHS accredited. Please be aware that the gate from the South West Coast Path, at the bottom of the garden, is currently unavailable.
At the top of the gardens this colourful terrace is a perfect starting point for your exploration. Relax in a bench and soak up the views, and visit Seemly Hut for information and insights into the history of the gardens.
The Rill Garden
The stream, or rill, which runs through the centre, gives this garden its name. The borders are planted with a mixture of hardy herbaceous and semi-tender perennials in soft pastel shades to create a relaxed and dreamy effect. Pastels were the favourite colours of Lady Dorothy, and her room overlooked this garden.
The terraces and walls around the house reflect the lines of the building, and are planted with tender, sun-loving plants. Each terrace has a pool; the upper pool's rounded outline sets off a sculptured otter by local artist Bridget McCrum.