Beth Chatto Gardens
One of the best-known gardens in the UK, created on an unpromising site by one of our best plantswomen. A must for anyone who wants inspiration for dry or shady areas - the gravel garden was famously created from a car park. Very good nursery too.
Where Elmstead Market, Colchester, Essex, CO7 7DB (01206 822007; www.bethchatto.co.uk)