The South West areas of England enjoy warm summers and mild winters and are described as having an oceanic climate, which is unsurprising as it is the region with the longest coastline of any in England. This region sees far more rainfall than the South East of England, with large amounts falling especially in winter.
More than half of the area of South West England is covered by brown sands, brown earths and loamy soils. Elsewhere in the region, all of the major soil types can be found so gardeners should take care to check the soil in their property and treat accordingly.
Native plants to the South West include Stinking Iris, Goldilocks Aster, Cornish Eyebright, White Rock Rose, and Cheddar Pink Dianthus which is native to Cheddar Gorge and the surrounding areas.
There are many delightful public gardens to visit in the South West of England, including Barbara Hepworth’s Sculpture Garden in Cornwall, Mapperton House and Gardens in Dorset, Bowood House and Gardens in Wiltshire and Kilver Court Gardens in Shepton Mallet.