Gardens

Midsummer borders

Be inspired by the colourful planting in our gardens

Be inspired by the colourful planting in our gardens

Summer in our gardens really begins around Midsummer when the long border really comes into its own with the alliums and delphiniums.

The scent of heliotrope fills the air around the parterre which is is resplendent with colour, while the woodland garden is a tranquil haven, filled with foxgloves and hydrangeas.

Towards the end of summer our dahlias are looking glorious and there's still plenty to inspire you and to enjoy.

What we're up to now

Our gardens team regularly post news of their exploits on our blog.

Take a look to find out what we're doing throughout the year - how we manage the gardens, what's happening behind the scenes and what we'll be doing in the future.

You can find out more on one of our exclusive garden tours and talks.

There are films from the garden team on our YouTube channel too.

Discover more in the gardens

Take a seat and enjoy the shady tranquility of the woodland garden © National Trust

Take a seat and enjoy the shady tranquility of the woodland garden

  • Listen for birdsong and look out for the ladybirds, bees and other insects
  • Try a game of croquet with family and friends
  • Take a seat and enjoy our hard work.
  • Chat to our volunteer gardeners about anything that interests you.

Discover more in the gardens

Come and play in the gardens at Charlecote © Jana Eastwood

Come and play in the gardens at Charlecote

  • Listen for birdsong and look out for the ladybirds, bees and other insects
  • Try a game of croquet with family and friends
  • Take a seat and enjoy our hard work.
  • Chat to our volunteer gardeners about anything that interests you.

Discover more in the gardens

Stroll through the gardens and enjoy the lush planting in the borders © Jana Eastwood

Stroll through the gardens and enjoy the lush planting in the borders

  • Listen for birdsong and look out for the ladybirds, bees and other insects
  • Try a game of croquet with family and friends
  • Take a seat and enjoy our hard work.
  • Chat to our volunteer gardeners about anything that interests you.

Mulberry tree

When did you last run round the mulberry bush? © National Trust

Find it by the entrance to the woodland garden.

Morus nigra was fashionable in Tudor times and our trees could be around 200 years old.

The tart-but-sweet fruits are ripe when black - try them if you like. They are very soft and squishy so don't get the juice on your clothes, but this is why you'll never find them in the shops as they just can't easily be packed and transported.

Itea ilicifolia

Honey-scented itea ilicifolia thrives on the east wall of the house © National Trust

Find it on the front of the house.

Known as Sweet Spire, this glossy-leaved shrub produces incredibly long racemes of light green honey-scented flowers in late summer.

It's happy even in the relatively dry soil against a wall where it can eventually reach 4m in height. The evergreen foliage can suffer in the coldest winter winds but once established, this is a very hardy plant.

 

Agastache Pink Pop

Grown from seed, agastache Pink Pop is one of our garden favourites © National Trust

Find it on the croquet lawn borders.

This short-lived hardy perennial is loved by our bees and was flowering just a few weeks after we sowed the seeds. The flower spikes last for weeks - running into months now - and the robust plants don't need staking.

Lightly scented, and remaining perky in the hot weather earlier in the summer, this is an attractive plant for all sites and situations.

Astrantia major "Roma"

Astrantia Roma on the croquet lawn border at Charlecote © National Trust

Find it along the croquet lawn borders.

A long-lived and reliable hardy perennial for any situation (although it will flop a little in hot weather). It's also endearingly known as Hattie's Pincushion.

This plant will flower for at least three months over summer, and you'll find another astrantia  with variegated foliage and paler flowers along the long border.

Roscoea Wisley Amethyst

Roscoea purpurea loves the shade in the woodland garden  © National Trust

Find it in the woodland garden.

A beautiful unusual plant for a damp shady situation.  This tuberous perennial will die away completely in winter and begin flowering again around early July.

You'll find the subtle cream Roscoea cautleyoides here in the woodland garden too.

All about autumn

Come and enjoy the parterre borders at their best. We love our dahlias - which are your favourites?

Be cheered by the vibrant autumn foliage in the woodland garden.

Winter interest

The gardens are open every day - come and enjoy the fresh air.

Enjoy the frosted sculptural forms in Green Court and look out for the first snowdrops.

Spring colour

There's scented shrubs to lift your senses all around, and colour from thousands of bulbs in the parterre.

Enjoy the subtle pinks of masses of hellebores in the woodland garden.

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