Colby's blooming beautiful

Lady and little girl looking at purple flowers at Colby

Colby’s blooming beautiful all year round, with each season welcoming a new palette of charming colours.

Spring brings carpets of bluebells, crocuses and daffodils followed by swathes of camellias, azaleas and rhododendrons, the garden’s speciality.

Summer sees hydrangeas and wildflowers blossom, and the formal walled garden is a real delight at this time of the year.

Autumn and winter are just as eye-catching with the marvellous tones of acers, dogwoods and sweet-gum.

There's a wide variety of specimen trees in the garden including a Champion Tree. Colby is home to the tallest Japanese Redwood in the UK, it’s towering at 134 feet.

You'll also notice piles of logs and some trees left where they fall. This is to encourage wildlife and act as a habitat for insects and spiders.

Things you probably didn’t know about Colby

  1. The soil is acidic so we can grow the likes of rhododendrons, camellias and magnolias.
  2. The valleys above Colby Lodge actually contain important oak woods.
  3. Oak trees were grown here to provide pit props for the coal mines.
  4. Around 60 years ago people tried to replace the oaks with conifer trees, but we’ve reversed this, removing most of the conifers.
  5. Look for honeysuckle, heather, woodrush… they’re the signs of ancient woodland.