There’s always at least one, isn’t there? A plant that holds a special place in our hearts and our gardens. It might be a real garden show-stopper like a rose, peony, eremuras or gunnera – or a detailed and beautiful astrantia, monarda or aquilegia.
As a nation of gardening enthusiasts, these favoured plants often pop up in lovingly tended national collections, or as part of a comprehensive range of plants at a specialist nursery. It’s one of the great things about British gardens and gardening – that we can often get hold of the rare, unusual and uncommon plant cultivars, or visit them in inspiring locations.
One such lovely garden, that hosts a comprehensive collection of salvias, is Great Comp, near Sevenoaks in Kent. The current curator, William Dyson, has established a renowned plant nursery at Great Comp, that specialises in salvias, but also offers a range of unusual hardy and half-hardy plants.
The garden itself surrounds a 17th century house and includes ruins, a woodland walk and an italian garden. The house and land were purchased in the 1950’s by Rod and Joy Cameron. As the garden’s reputation grew, the couple decided to set up a charitable trust in the 1980’s, to ensure the garden’s continued care.
Today the garden hosts exotic and beautiful plants and a range of annual events, including their spring plant fair on Sunday 9th April 11am – 5pm.
So, if salvias are your ‘thing’, then head over to Sevenoaks this summer – you won’t regret it.