The garden is part of Old Court Nurseries. It has evolved slowly, since the mid 1970’s, when it was created as stock beds to grow the massive collection of plants gathered by Percy Picton in addition to the existing collection of michaelmas daisies inherited from Ernest Ballard. Although Percy’s home garden, near the nursery, was one third of an acre, it was only large enough to meet his desire for the rare and unusual and had no space for the quantity of plants required for commercial production.

It was not known as The Picton Garden until 1987 when a charity called The Percy Picton Memorial Fund was established. Percy had died in 1984 and his son Paul with Paul’s wife, Meriel were in charge of the nursery and ever expanding garden. The garden remains as home for stock plants and a showcase for Old Court Nurseries, including the Plant Heritage collection of Autumn Flowering Asters. Nursery and garden are now in the very capable hands of Paul and Meriel’s daughter, Helen and her husband Ross Barbour.

The nursery and garden are open to visitors in July. You can find the opening times and get more information at


The Picton Garden in June

Alliums in full swing
Clematis ‘Hagley Hybrid’ with Rosa longipes
Clematis ‘Silver Moon’
self set seedling from Brunnera ‘Jack Frost’
Polystichum setiferum ‘Pulcherrimum Bevis’

Clematis ‘Hagley Hybrid’ was raised by Percy Picton when he was the head gardener at Hagley Park, near Hereford. He brought the plant with him when he moved to Colwall and Old Court Nurseries in 1948. It soon became commercially available and has proved to be a popular cultivar into present times. He raised Clematis ‘Silver Moon’ during the 1950’s. It is a free flowering cultivar with compact growth, best growing in semi-shade or a north facing site.

Nepeta ‘Poseidon’ and Allium ‘Powderpuff’

This rather unusual combination would probably not have jumped into my mind. But the Allium flowers are there before the little Nepeta gets going and the seed heads work well later.


Jubilee Border in early July