Over Winter

Winter works in the gardens at Coughton Court, Warwickshire

We may be closed over the winter months but our gardeners are still hard at work getting everything ready for spring. Over the winter we will be updating this page to show you how we care for Coughton, both in the gardens and in the house, while we're closed.

Herbaceous Borders

Over the summer months our gardeners noticed that the herbaceous borders had a fungus infection on the Helianthus. It is called Sclerotinia and is highly infectious as it is easily transferred to other plants and it can also lay dormant in the soil.

Restorative work over winter
Herbaceous borders at Coughton Court, Warwickshire.

All the Helianthus plants are being taken out over winter along with some soil to make sure the Sclerotinia is completely removed.

There have also been some problems with the Ph levels in the soil which are very alkaline currently due to the mulch that has been used in the past. The borders have all been manured and sulphur is being used to restore the Ph levels.

Getting ready for compost
Layout for compost bins at Coughton Court, Warwickshire

A start has been made on large new compost bins which will improve the structure, fertility and Ph levels of our gardens. It will take some time before we are self sufficient but we have plans.

Make sure you visit this page as we go through winter for more information on how we care for Coughton.