Summer in full bloom at Powis

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Our gardens are at their peak during the summer, with unmissable colour, scent and relaxing spaces to take in the view. With vibrant displays and long, refreshing days to look forward to, it’s time to make the most of nature – with a healthy serving of sunshine.

After a steep climb to a bright limestone-red castle overlooking the Severn Valley, you will truly understand why our dramatic garden is world famous, and why it's so fantastic to visit in summer.

Overhanging terraces house an ancient orangery, original statues and an array of rare and tender plants. Weaving your way down through terraces, you can unwind on a hot day, go on a walk through the medieval deer park or get lost in the romantic charm of the woodlands below.

Blooming marvellous herbaceous borders

Gardens operations manager David Swanton says: ‘For me, it is always satisfying to see the garden at Powis looking so good. It’s a joy to see the double herbaceous borders on the orangery terrace in full flower every summer.’

You can expect to see: Delphinium, Paeonia, Roses, Poppies, Iris, Sanguisorba, Calendula and many more. You may also spot wild flowers including common spotted orchids.

All of the tender perennials used in the gardens have been over wintered or propagated from our own on-site glasshouses, which also provide plants from the garden for visitors to buy at our plant sales shop.

Get closer to nature

This summer provides a fantastic opportunity to get closer to nature. If you're a nature enthusiast, our gardens and countryside are a haven for wildlife. We strive to maintain our land as an environment that supports a rich diversity of life.

Our special list of 50 things to do before you're 11¾ will help you and your family get closer to nature at Powis. Pick up a scrapbook from our garden entrance kiosk and you're ready to begin exploring.

With den building, kite flying, pond dipping and much more, there's something to bring out everyone's wild side. How many of the 50 things can you tick off your list this summer?

Life is for living; see something new today when you pay us a visit.