What to see in June
A wonderful time to visit the garden is at the start of summer. There is still a wonderful display of hybrid rhododendrons but some of our most impressive perennials are starting to take centre stage. Our large collection of flowering dogwoods give an impressive floral show with their colourful bracts alongside the more unusual Chilean Lantern tree, Crinodendron hookerianum, covered in a profusion of crimson lanterns!
Beside the cool lush areas around the lakes and ponds, fabulous blooms of candelabra primulas in acid yellow, orange, pink and magenta fill the borders. The show is even more impressive as the colours are reflected in the water and are a garden highlight. The bluebells in the woodland have made way for a sea of the tall elegant spires of foxgloves!
The showstopper at this time of year is the blue Himalayan poppy! This enchanting plant has been planted all around the garden- it’s a real garden treasure as it is such a rich, true blue! Alongside the blue poppies, we have the spectacular Giant Himalayan lily with glorious, vanilla-scented, trumpet flowers on stems reaching up to 12 feet in height!