Gardens

Midsummer borders

Filled with colour, the long border at the height of summer

Filled with colour, the long border at the height of summer

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.

Hemerocallis fulva

Hemerocallis fulva, also known as the orange day lily © National Trust

Find them along the long border.

Orange day lillies are hardy and reliable perennial plants for most soils and situations.

The strappy foliage is attractive in spring and then this gorgeous plant is in  flower from late June often until September. Each flower lasts only a day but in constant succession.

 

Hydrangea "Teller Rose"

Hydrangea Teller Rose at Charlecote Park © Jana Eastwood

Find them at the entrance to the woodland garden.

A stunning long-flowering hydrangea showing pink flower bracts in our not-too-acid soil.

This hardy shrub needs pruning after flowering or in early spring and is happy in sun or shade as long as the soil remains moist.

Ceratostigma willmottianum

The intense blue of ceratostigma willmottianum is a delight in late summer © National Trust

Find it by the house at the back of the parterre.

A beautiful intense blue flowering hardy shrub to add contrast to the summer border. 

It prefers a sunny sheltered spot and will die down completely in a hard winter, but will regrow from old stems after a mild winter.

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). Also endearingly known as Hattie's Pincushion.

It 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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