Coton Manor, Coton Rd, Coton, Northampton NN6 8RQ, Regno Unito
Coton Manor Bluebells, a wildflower meadow, great cafe, and the most surprising birds (I won’t spoil it for you) are among the highlights of this garden. The 16th-century manor (house not open) rests in a quiet village between Northampton and Rugby. May’s highlight is the five-acre bluebell walk from the end of the garden, but a visit is worthwhile in any month. In August, roses were still blooming in the orchard, where fruit trees provided shade for the sun-drowsy kunekune pigs. Follow the sound of water from a natural spring to find the water garden and its woodland plantings. Besides pigs and birds, there are long-horned cattle and wonderful views to the hills beyond, while the tea room and extensive nursery are destinations in themselves.