The second garden visit of our Shropshire holiday was to Wollerton Old Hall Garden in North Shropshire. Unlike the Dower House Garden, Wollerton is more like a pleasure garden. For me, the difference is that Dower House Garden includes food production, where Wollerton does not. However, as much as I prefer gardens that include fruit and vegetables, it does not follow that I do not enjoy pleasure gardens; I do! And Wollerton gave plenty of pleasure.
Although I do not have the inclination, time, or money for designing and maintaining large borders myself, I do admire those who do. Wollerton’s main perennial border was lovely.
Wollerton is also a plant persons garden, and for me, it’s collection of Salvia‘s gave great delight. Blue and blue-purple Salvia’s are figure amongst my favourite flowers.
Other plants I also feel I must obtain for my garden include:
Kevin and I found ourselves wandering around, stopping for a cup of tea and scones, then wandering around again only to discover something we missed the first time around. I suspect if I went back the next day, there would have been further plants and glimpses to discover.
I do feel Wollerton could have done with a lovely vegetable garden, I’m sure they would do it quite beautifully! But that’s just my personal preference for gardens to also be productive. Wollerton is definitely a pleasurable garden to visit and I would return again.