Bluebells at Bodnant Garden

Bluebells in the woods

From May the informal grassy glades, meadows and woods of Bodnant Garden begin to shimmer with drifts of bluebells.

Mingling with ivory Pheasant’s Eye Daffodils in the Old Park meadow, carpeting the ground under cherry blossom trees and flowering shrubs in the Glades, and running through Furnace Wood, they're a much awaited seasonal highlight.

Native bluebells (Hyacynthoides non-scripta) transform our gardens and wild spaces in mid spring, colonising the dappled shade under the tree canopy, making the most of the sunlight before trees burst into full leaf.

They're not just a delight to the human eye; their flowers provide an important early source of nectar for bees, hoverflies, butterflies and other insects. At Bodnant Garden we let them run wild in our informal areas to benefit wildlife.

These native wildflowers add to the spectacular late spring display at Bodnant Garden, every bit as beautiful as the exotic trees and shrubs for which the garden is famous - a cool blue contrast to the kaleidoscopic colours of rhododendrons and the dazzling Laburnum Arch.