Nosegay garden

The Tudor nosegay was composed of fragrant flowers and was carried to mask any unpleasant odours in the air. The nosegay garden also has plants used for posies, garlands and decorations for the house or chapel, and for perfume and flower water. The central feature is a bay tree which is trained as an estrade or cake stand form, which was widely used in Mediaeval times. The outer borders feature a collection of plants known as gilleflowers or July flowers. These include wallflowers, carnations, stocks, pinks and sweet rocket.


Plant list

Botanical Name Common Names
Campanula medium Coventry Bell (Canterbury bell)
Buxus sempervirens ‘Suffruticosa’ Dwarf box
Campanula trachelium Old Canterbury Bell, Nettle leaved bell, Bats in the belfrey
Cheiranthus cheiri Wall Gilleflower
Convallaria majalis Lily of the Valley
Dianthus armeria Deptford pink
Dianthus caryophyllus Carnation gillyflower, Clove gilleflower
Dianthus deltoides Maiden Pink, Gilleflower
Dianthus deltoides ‘Albus’ Maiden white pink, Gilleflower


Dianthus gratianopoliatanus Cheddar Pink, Gilleflower
Dianthus plumarius Pink, Gilleflower, sops in wine
Hesperis matronalis Queen’s Gilleflower
Jasminum officinale Jasmine
Laurus nobilis Young mop heads, bay
Lavandula angustifolia alba White English Lavender
Lilium candidum Madonna Lily
Limonium latifolia Sea lavender
Lonicera periclymenum Honeysuckle, common
Lychnis coronaria Rose campion
Matthiola incana Stock (White HP form)
Polygonatum multiflorum Solomon’s Seal, David’s harp, ladder to heaven
Primula vulgaris Primrose
Rosa centifolia Cabbage rose. Provence rose
Rosa gallica versicolor Rosa mundi
Rosa x alba maxima York Rose
Rosmarinus officinalis
‘Silver Edged’
Vinca minor Periwinkle (lesser)
Viola odorata Sweet violet

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