About Mill Cottage Plants

We’ve been running Mill Cottage Plants for nearly 30 years, focusing our attention on the sometimes overlooked species of Hydrangea; in particular Hydrangea serrata,widely cultivated in Japan. Gradually we are acquiring more and different named forms of these, concentrating on the Japanese varieties.

Autumn colour on Hydrangea serrata


We don’t neglect the familiar Hydrangea macrophylla however. Among this numerous and diverse species we concentrate on those that are a little special, including the Japanese forms and the ‘Teller’ hybrid lacecaps.

Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Merveille Sanguine’

Other species are also well represented: H. paniculata – H.aspera – H. involucrata, H. quercifolia – H. arborescens, Schizophragma and the climbing evergreen, H. seemanii. and each season we will be introducing new forms to add to the temptation.

Hydrangea involucrata ‘Mihara Kokonoe’        

We are also increasingly concentrating on the latest hybrids and new forms of Epimedium from China. Each year we are finding new, beautiful introductions and hybrids to tempt you – take a look!

Epimedium ‘Akane’

Look out for Sally’s new book ‘The Plant Lover’s Guide to Epimediums’ published by Timber Press.


The perennials and ferns we stock are mostly for shade and/or damp conditions that would complement the hydrangeas in your garden.

However, this season (2018/2019) we are stocking some of the beautiful Tall Bearded Irises that were bred in Suffolk by the late Cedric Morris, the ‘Benton Irises’.  His subtle colours are mirrored by these translucent irises, which of course prefer well-drained soil in sun. Nothing to do with shade-loving hydrangeas and epimediums, of course, but we wanted to share their beauty with our customers. These will flower in May & June, and are in 2-litre pots ready for planting straight away.

In 2019 we are starting our seasonal Garden Workshops held here, at Henley Mill in Spring, Summer and Autumn. We will be covering pruning, planting & sowing, and propagation. Enter ‘Garden Workshops’ in the Search box for more details.

The plants we supply are well-grown and ready to plant out in the garden. We don’t sell rooted cuttings, or plug plants. Our carriers (DPD) have proven reliable and deliver to most of the UK mainland within 24 hours of despatch. Because we propagate the plants ourselves we do of course run out at the end of the season, especially of the more popular varieties. Hydrangeas and Epimediums listed as being ‘sold out’ should be available again next year when they’re ready to leave home. **nb. if you want to reserve any plants please email me your wish list

Our garden and nursery is open to visitors under the NGS by arrangement from May to September. Please email us or give us a ring after 6.00pm on 01749 676966

Congresbury Garden Club enjoying tea and cakes on a summer evening