Open weekends 2024
Daylilies come into their own at New Hope from mid-June until September, but the perfect month to see the majority in bloom is July. This really is such a show and we strongly recommend coming to visit on one of our popular open weekends.
For the 2024 season, we’re also holding an ‘Early Bird’ special event on 22nd/23rd June when the early blooming daylilies should be out in number. We will have all our cultivars potted up for sale making this a great opportunity to have first pick! Bear in mind, the mid and late bloomers will probably not be opening their blooms for another week or so, but you’ll see their scapes and get a good idea of how many blooms are getting ready to open. From this weekend, it’s amazing how every day a new cultivar will come into bloom. The weekends when you will see the most variety of blooms are as follows:
22nd/ 23rd June (Early Bird)
29th/ 30th June
6th/ 7th July
13th/ 14th July
20th/ 21st July
27th/ 28th July
We are open from 11am-4pm on both Saturday and Sunday.
The daylilies for sale will be in assorted pots from 3 litre to 7.5 litre or bigger in some cases and priced according to size and rarity. From past experience, we’ve noticed how it’s very difficult to just buy one variety of daylily when there are over 300 to choose from!
Parking and refreshments
There is free parking at the farm and we will have our ‘pop-up’ open air café on site offering refreshments and home-made cakes. New Hope is such a lovely nursery nestled in the south Shropshire hills and it’s a pleasure to just sit and take in the sea of colourful blooms against such a stunning backdrop. On our Open Weekends, you are almost certain to get chatting to some our wonderful regular daylily enthusiast customers!
Facilities and accessibility
Toilet facilities are available. There are no grab rails. The ground is flat (as in no steps or slopes) and it’s unsurfaced except for the loo entrance.
We accept card payments and cash
Buying bare root
This is available online most of the year round, though depends on the digging conditions. Alternatively, you are very welcome to collect bare root plants in person by appointment. When the daylilies are sending up their scapes in the spring, it is always a shame to cut these in order to post, which is why visiting us in early to late summer is recommended when they will be in thriving in pots and you can see the blooms.
Gardening Club Visits
We welcome bookings - please get in touch if you’re interested email@example.com - these can be on any weekday afternoon or early evening in late June/ July by appointment and usually 1½ - 2 hrs is the perfect time allocation. We’ll give you an introduction to our collection plus we can offer our ‘pop-up’ café for refreshments. If you would like to book a 30-45 minute talk on growing and caring for your dallies for your group, led by Liz and Fi, this can also be arranged for a small extra cost.
Directions to New Hope Daylilies
We are located within the grounds of
If you’re coming north from Ludlow:
A49 Turn left onto B4368 at Craven Arms. Turn right onto B4385 signed Bishop’s Castle. Approximately 1.5 miles before Bishop’s Castle, take turn left onto a narrow lane to Colebatch - unfortunately the sign is being repaired but there's a huge new barn building and a container lorry parked permanently in the corner of the field at turn. The lane is goes over a small bridge and then at the first give way sign at crossroads (with the A488) go either straight over and immediately right in through the side entrance to Colebatch Farm. Or turn right and immediately left at our nursery sign into the front entrance to Colebatch Farm. The nursery is in the far corner and you may park right up next to the daylilies.
Coming south from Welshpool A483:
You'll be on the dual carriage way travelling towards Newtown - at the next roundabout take the turning to Churchstoke. Follow this for a couple of miles until a 90 degree left turn signed to Chirbury and/or Churchstoke. At Chirbury there is a strange right turn that is effectively like going straight on. This is signed 8 miles to Bishops Castle. Keep on until you join the A488 signed Bishop’s Castle. Pass both turnings into Bishops Castle. Just keep straight on 1 mile until you see the sign COLEBATCH. Slow down as it’s only a small hamlet. Just before a small crossroads but just after the bus stop where white railings are either side of the road, turn right into Colebatch Farm (marked by a galvanised trough converted into a planter) and look out for our nursery sign. The nursery is through the farm in the right hand top corner field. You can park right next to the daylilies.