Summer in the garden at Cotehele

Looking through the foxgloves towards Cotehele house in Cornwall

Cotehele garden is beautiful in summer, filled with a myriad of colourful plants and flowers with the herbaceous borders being particularly spectacular.

 

Please book ahead before visiting the garden 

The garden at Cotehele is now open. You'll need to book your tickets online or by calling 0344 249 1895 by 3pm the day before your visit. Members can book for free, while non-members will need to pay when booking. We'll be releasing tickets every Friday. Please note we'll be turning people away who arrive and haven't booked. We're looking forward to welcoming you back.

East terraces

You’ll find terraced herbaceous borders on the east side of the house, leading down towards the fantastic view of the viaduct towards Calstock.

Amongst the many plants growing here are geraniums, irises, salvia, Centaurea Montana and Centaurea Montana Alba and Veronicastrum.

Summer borders on the east terrace at Cotehele
Looking across the east terrace borders at Cotehele, Cornwall
Summer borders on the east terrace at Cotehele

Upper garden

The upper garden has a central pond, filled with red and white water lilies in the summer. Their lily pads provide shelter for all the frogs that spawned here in spring. This pond is framed on all four sides by herbaceous borders planting in different colour schemes.

At their best in summer are the top (north) border, which is planted in ‘hot’ colours, and the west border, which is planted in golds and silvers. These planting schemes follow a plan introduced by gardens adviser Graham Stuart Thomas in the 1960s.

Crimson water lilies appear in summer
Crimson water lily on the lake at Sheffield Park Sussex
Crimson water lilies appear in summer

 

Fancy a picnic?

We hope you enjoy your picnic here but ask you please help us keep Cotehele lovely by taking away any rubbish. Thank you.

Plants growing in the borders on the East Terrace
Plants growing in the east terrace borders at Cotehele, Cornwall
Plants growing in the borders on the East Terrace