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; while Japanese anemones jostle along stone terrace steps and paths and late flowering clematis scramble over walls and pergolas. And you'll discover something more exotic within the walls of The Bath poolside garden, which is a riot of tropical colour in August and September.

Enjoy two new displays this year; the Round Garden (East Garden) and Canal Terrace long borders have both been redesigned in 2018 and are now fizzing with the colour and texture of long season herbaceous perennials and grasses.

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 the 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