A temperature maritime climate is experienced by the East Midlands, with cold, cloudy and wet winters and mostly dry, sunny and warm summers. It is cooler and wetter in general than southern areas and warmer than northern regions.
As with the West Midlands, gardeners in the East Midlands will experience mostly acidic, loamy and clayey soil, however, all different types can be found in different areas. This affects what can be grown if the soil is left untreated and gardeners should always be mindful of this.
There are many different flowers and plants in the East Midlands such as Dog-violet, Sweet Violet, Clustered Bellflowers and Jacob’s Ladder. One interesting native wildflower is the Nottingham Catchfly which was originally found on the walls of Nottingham Castle and flowers from May to July with pinkish flowers.
Public Gardens are abundant within the East Midlands and many prove to be very enjoyable and rewarding days out. If you’re looking for somewhere new to visit, try the University of Leicester Botanic Garden, Easton Walled Gardens, Cottesbrooke Hall and Gardens, Hardwick Hall and Gardens and Coton Manor Gardens.