The gardens at Mottisfont
In our walled gardens you'll find deep herbaceous borders full of pretty floral colour and delicious scents. The huge plane trees, towering beeches and oaks that fringe the house are on the verge of turning to the soft yellows and russets of autumn.
The herbaceous borders lining the paths of our walled gardens are a seasonal highlight. Providing a wonderful floral colour palette right through until October, these borders showcase a huge variety of plants chosen for their structure, rich scent and eye-catching colours.
The planting is the result of an ambitious project to restore the borders back to the original design of horticulturalist Graham Stuart Thomas, who created them in 1972. Agapanthus, geraniums and peonies mingle with pinks, lilies and phlox, to name just a few.
Colours range from soft blues, pinks and whites in the centre of the borders to stronger colours at the ends (dark pinks, yellows, oranges) that really draw your eye along the length of the border.
Get to know our gardens and grounds with a free guided walk when you visit.
The walled gardens
The font and river
The abundant spring that encouraged settlement at Mottisfont hundreds of years ago is now an ornamental of feature of the garden.
The font and River Test have enabled gardeners over the centuries to make a landscape that is both beautiful and productive.
Now a haven for wildlife and a place for wonderful walks, the Abbey Stream is a man-made channel that was created to bring the River Test closer to the house. The river is now home to a wide range of wildlife - gaze at the crystal clear river and see trout, salmon or rarer species.
Visitors approaching Mottisfont are often drawn to the enormous tree which, from some angles, seems to dwarf the building. This huge London Plane is thought to be the largest of its kind in Britain, and forms part of the National Collection of plane trees which stand in our grounds.
Mottisfont is home to many other breath-taking trees, including grand horse chestnuts and stately oaks, fine examples of carefully planned 'informal' landscape planting from the 18th and 19th centuries.
An elegant double row of pollarded limes and the yew octagon were planted later, in Maud Russell's time. A beech circle was also planted between the walled gardens and the stables about 50 years ago to replace a similar feature that had come to the end of its life.