Welcome to the Bressingham Gardens

Welcome to the Bressingham Gardens. A paradise for gardeners with two beautiful six acre gardens, created by Alan and Adrian Bloom over many years where new features are still being developed and planned.

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Welcome to the new Bressingham Gardens website, which as we develop it, will offer something for everyone, opening the world of plants, and the excitement and passion of gardening. From novice to expert, enjoy the views, the planting combinations and the plants shown in the six distinct gardens totalling over 17 acres (6 hectares) here at Bressingham in Norfolk ….. and wherever you live, plan to visit us as soon as you can.

Enjoy your gardening

Adrian Bloom

 

The Dell Garden, Bressingham, Norfolk

An entrance to the Dell Garden beneath a brick and Norfolk flint bridge built by Alan Bloom in 1957. View taken in spring showing rhododendrons and perennials.

 

Alan Bloom’s Dell Garden

In 1953, Alan Bloom, founder of the family nursery, which by that time had become one of the largest in the country growing hardy perennials, wanted to experiment with a new way of growing them in island beds. His first beds (looking much the same today) were planted in front of the family home, Bressingham Hall, and — proving successful — were soon being planted in adjacent meadows, eventually numbering 48 beds and covering six acres (2.4hectares). Alan, a renowned perennial plantsman, collected plants from all over Europe, ending up by 1962 with nearly 5,000 different species and varieties, making this an important as well as a beautiful historical collection. This garden, now looked after by Alan’s son-in-law, curator Jaime Blake, will amaze you with its rolling open landscape, its colour and variety — truly a Mecca for perennial-lovers.

Foggy Bottom Garden

A colourful border in Foggy Bottom in high summer mixes perennials and grasses, the two groups of Monarda Violet Queen contrasting with the Golden Indian Bean Tree, Catalpa bignonioides Aurea in the background.

 

 

 

 

 

Adrian Bloom’s Foggy Bottom Garden

Adrian joined the family business in 1962 and soon became keen to create his own garden, wanting to experiment with planting for year round colour using primarily conifers and heathers. His first plantings in 1966 were on the site of an empty meadow and a new house near by; with his wife Rosemary, he was able to gradually develop a six acre (2.4hectares) garden which he called Foggy Bottom. Over 500 different conifers and 100 heathers created an impact across the country, so popular did they become. Now a wealth of mature conifers, trees and shrubs from all over the world add a backdrop to ornamental grasses and perennials. This garden continues to develop and change so there is always something new for visitors to see.

Geranium Rozanne in the new summer garden

The indispensable hardy Geranium Rozanne has been used by Adrian Bloom to create a blue river, flanked by the variegated, yellow flowered Heliopsis Loraine Sunshine and the scarlet vermilion Crocosmia Lucifer, shown in July.

 

 

 

 

The Summer Garden

This garden was created in 2001 from an old meadow as part of a new, more pleasing entrance to the Dell Garden. It was planted primarily with many varieties of Miscanthus sinensis, a Japanese ornamental grass, and now represents the National Collection of Miscanthus for the British Isles. In late summer these grasses, which grow from 3ft (90cm) or less to lOft (3m) in one season, are spectacular as a backdrop to colourful summer-flowering perennials which drift among them, including a spectacular ‘river’ of Geranium ‘Rozanne’, and other innovative plantings.

Adrian's Wood at the Bressingham Gardens

Planted with mostly north American origin plants, this is a late spectacular display of late summer colour, particularly the centre band of golden yellow Rudbeckia fulgida deamii in front of the purple heads of Joe Pye Weed, Eupatorium maculatum Gateway.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adrian’s Wood

In 2001 a new pathway was built connecting the Dell Garden with Foggy Bottom, cutting out the long trip through the Steam Museum, which for the previous 30 years had been used by visitors to Foggy Bottom. This area, originally planted by Adrian Bloom in 1964-65 with trees and conifers, including five giant redwoods, Sequoiadendron giganteum, had become overgrown and almost impenetrable. Now, after felling many trees ten years ago, including thirty 6Oft (18m) high Leyland cypress, Adrian is replanting with entirely North American-origin plants — now a place to stop and enjoy the spectacle as well as to pass through to Foggy Bottom. The redwoods are now more than 8Oft (24m) high.

 

Fragrant Garden at The Bressingham Gardens

A striking combination in the Fragrant Garden, from back to front, Cornus alba Aurea, left centre Eryngium Big Blue, right Rosa Felicia, foreground left Dianthus Mrs. Sinkins and Lavandula angustifolia Lavenite Petite.

 

 

 

The Fragrant Garden

From the first conifer and heather beds planted by Adrian Bloom in 1963, then in 1980 replanted as a shrub garden, another new, remodelled garden is emerging. This is being designed and planted with an interesting range of plants with fragrant flowers and foliage. It is situated next to the picnic area, where visitors can enjoy flowers and fragrance throughout the summer.

 

The Winter Garden at Bressingham Gardens

Largely a hidden gem since most visitors see this Winter Garden designed by Adrian Bloom in spring, summer and autumn. It mixes woody plants with brightly coloured bark such as silver birch, red and orange dogwoods as well as perennials , grasses and conifers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Winter Garden

Close to the entrance of the Garden Centre and Steam Museum, this garden opened in November 2006, and planted specifically with plants of winter interest. On a winter’s day and even into spring, the spectacle of coloured stems of Cornus ‘Midwinter Fire’, flowers of snowdrops, early bulbs, hellebores and winter-flowering heathers will lift your spirits and hopefully encourage you to consider planting your own winter-interest garden.