Mottistone Gardens consist of 6 acres of formal gardens within the wider 650 acre Mottistone Estate. The name is taken from a 13 foot iron sandstone Long Stone, a standing stone situated on a ridge above the village, originally known as the Moot Stone.
The manor (still tenanted and only open twice a year) and gardens were bequeathed to the National Trust in 1963.
The herbaceous borders above are reached via some beautiful stone steps frothing with Erigeron karvinskianus.
I find it fascinating comparing the picture above with one below from June 2015:
Walking in the other direction, south past the house, you pass the Monocot Border, laid out to show the great variety of monocots, including this wonderfully architectural Hedychium gardnerianum ‘Tara’. I assume this is after the orange flowers have faded.
Beyond this border is the sheltered Lower Garden, planted with a number of tender plants including these fabulous Cannas.
Despite having been here many times previously I’d never realised that the large tree to the north of this area is a mulberry, Morus nigra. I only noticed this time as there were hundreds of mulberries littering the lawn!
So, thanks National Trust and thanks Mottistone, it really was a treat.