Late summer in the garden at Mottisfont

The herbaceous borders of the walled gardens at Mottisfont, Hampshire

The herbaceous borders in our famous walled garden provide a wonderful floral colour palette right through until October, showcasing a huge variety of flowering plants.

Bordering two sides of the historic central pathway in the walled gardens, two deep flower beds boast many of Graham Stuart Thomas’s favourite perennials, chosen for their structure, scent and wide colour palette.

Agapanthus, geraniums and peonies mingle with pinks, lilies, phlox and nepeta. The centres of the borders are a mass of soft blues, pinks and whites, whilst stronger yellows, oranges and dark pinks draw your eye along the length of the border.

While the peak rose season of once-flowering old-fashioned roses has finished, some repeat flowering varieties will continue to bloom into early autumn.

Outside of the walled gardens, you can take a stroll on tree-lined pathways along the River Test, which runs through our grounds. The clear waters are teeming with wildlife: swans glide over the surface, and brown trout bask in sunny spots.