Late flowering highlights at Bodnant Garden

Late summer flowers at Bodnant Garden

From high summer there are subtle changes in the garden and signs that the seasons are moving on...to something special.

The gradual burnishing of the leaves across our tree-filled landscape and the burst of late summer flowering shrubs and perennial plants promise a host of delights to come.

The formal upper garden is alive with colour; dahlias, rudbekias and heleniums provide a firework display in the Range Borders; roses are blooming their hearts out across our two rose terraces; the Lily Terrace is a pastel picture of swaying ornamental grasses, lavenders, salvias, verbenas and diascias; Japanese anemones jostle along the stone terrace steps and paths and late flowering clematis scramble over walls and pergolas. The Bath poolside garden (awarded Best Garden Renovation in the Horticlture Week Awards 2017) bursts into a riot of tropical colour in August.

In the dappled shade of the Glades, fruit begins ripening on trees and shrubs while dotted through the greenery of the beds are bursts of scarlet crocosmia and the crismson hips of species roses.

Meanwhile down in rhe riverside dells, under the canopy of native and exotic trees, swathes of blue mophead and lacecap hydrangeas sweep along the riverside, while ferns are beginning to bronze, set against great mounds of lush hostas.

As the heat of high summer turns to something softer, deeper and richer, we’ve got lots to enjoy and still more to look forward to at Bodnant Garden.

Blue hydrangeas under tall trees along the riverside at Bodnant Garden
Blue hydrangeas under tall trees along the riverside at Bodnant Garden
Blue hydrangeas under tall trees along the riverside at Bodnant Garden