Summer highlights in the garden at Buckland Abbey

The hot border in the Cider House garden

Things are hotting up in the Cider House garden, as the borders burst full of colour. Here's our guide of what not to miss this summer.


A must for any summer border, a Dahlia flower consists of numerous delicate petals that encircle a central yellow core. Dahlias grow in varying shades of yellow, orange, white, pink, red and purple.

Buckland is home to many varieties of Dahlia, including:

  • Happy Single Romeo
  • Roxy
  • Classic Elisa
  • Honka Surprise
  • Happy First Love
  • Bishop of Auckland
  • And more

A common use of dahlia deadheads is for dying. All dahlias (apart from the white ones) produce yellows, oranges and greens with mordants. Mordant is a substance that can be used to help fix colours to textiles.

Dahlia in bloom
Dahlia in bloom
Dahlia in bloom

Lady Boothby

Named after the founder of the British Fuchsia Society, these bright two-toned flowers have striking red stems that stand out from afar. These flowers love to climb – so watch out for them making an appearance on some of the walls and fences. The Lady Boothby variety are extremely vigorous and hardy – so we can expect to see these beauties year after year.

Fuchsias are a second home to bees – so watch out for some of Buckland’s resident busy bees pollinating throughout the summer.

Lemon Queen

Part of asteraceae family, Helianthus at its best can reach heights of 2m tall. Its coarse, simple dark green foliage and yellow daisy-like flower heads provide bursts of colour in the garden.

Helenium 'Moerheim Beauty' in flower in the hot borders
Helenium 'Moerheim Beauty' in flower in the hot borders
Helenium 'Moerheim Beauty' in flower in the hot borders


In flower until late summer, Daylilies (Hemerocallis) produce elegant, trumpet shaped flowers. Daylilies typically last no more than 24 hours – but don’t worry, they are usually replaced by another on the same flower stalk the next day, giving the garden wonderful colour until the end of August.

Take a piece of Buckland home

The plant sales area outside the shop is bursting with beautiful blooms. Many of the plants for sale can be found in the garden at Buckland, so what better way could there be to remember your visit? There are plenty of accessories such as gloves, trugs and hand tools for sale in the shop too - everything you need for a day pottering around in the garden.