Early summer in the garden
As spring fades into summer, Coleton Fishacre becomes a riot of colour and heady scents.
Seemly Terrace and The Rill Garden
The first terrace in the garden and the walled garden below it, where the small stream (or rill) runs through the centre, is a place of tranquillity in early summer. Soft colours fill the walled garden as annuals, perennials and roses present a fragrant patchwork of pastel hues. After the flowering cherries, camassias and tulips of spring have faded, aquilegia, lupins, peonies, dicentra and alliums continue the tapestry of colour.
Candelabra primulas, azaleas and iris line the stream in the upper section of the garden. As you follow the steam down the valley towards the sea, you'll come across giant rhubarb (Gunnera manicata) looking very handsome beside the lower pond.
Around the house
In the terraces around the house the more exotic planting begins. Arctotis, gazanias and watsonias provide pops of red and orange. Succulents such as lampranthus and aloe are coming into flower, as is the deep pink fgeranium maderense, the largest of geranium species.
Wellington’s Wall, which borders the Bowling Green Lawn, is a riot of yellows and blues as argyranthemum mederense, lithodora ‘Heavenly Blue’, rosemary, ruryops chrysanthemoides are in flower. Olive trees and silvery foliage of lavender, convolvulus and helichrysum create a distinctly Mediterranean feel in this sunny spot.
Species of callistemon, grevillea, banksia, libertia formosa and embothrium coccineum provide a taste of the southern hemisphere, and the statuesque echium pininana from theCanary Islands is a magnet for butterflies.
Finding out more about the garden
Every day at 2pm a member of the garden team lead a walk, which is the perfect way to find out more about the seasonal highlights and the history of the garden. The walks are free to join and last about 45 minutes. Normal admission prices to Coleton Fishacre apply.