Plants of Interest

Compton Acres boasts over 3000 species of plants, some which grow nowhere else in the county. With over 10 acres of gardens, Compton Acres is home to a magnificent collection of trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants.

The Wooded Valley

Open glades planted with bluebells, foxgloves and other woodlanders can be enjoyed in The Wooded Valley. Lavish Camelias set beside delicate rhododendrons also make The Wooded Valley a particular delight in the spring. However, The Wooded Valley really is a year round sensation!
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The Heather Garden
The Heather Garden has seen a rolling programme of clearance and replanting with thousands of new plants added each season. Bursting with colour in all seasons, the gardens reach their peak in winter and late summer when they are at their most vibrant. Plants include the spectacular spring flowering Acacia Pravissima, and Sophora Sun King plus the winter flowering Grevillea ‘Canberra Gem’ and G. Victoriae.
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The Italian Garden
Classically styled, adorned with grand statues, impressive topiary and an ornamental pool make The Italian Gardens an attractive draw all year round. Colourful seasonal beddings accentuate the gardens grandeur. Some of the spectacular plants to be seen are clipped yews, swags of clematis and stately Chusan and Dwarf Fan Palms.
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Rock and Water Gardens
A fine example of 1920’s landscape design and construction, The Rock and Water Garden has over 200 different taxa as well as 2000 dwarf spring bulbs. These plants can be seen all year round.
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The Japanese Garden
Designed in the classic style of the famous water gardens of Japan, our Japanese Garden is enriched by many azaleas, with a traditional wooden Tea House which is wisteria clad in May. The garden also hosts fine specimens of gnarled pines and a weeping form of Hemlock.
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