Summer perennials at Cotehele
Cotehele garden is beautiful in summer, filled with a myriad of colourful plants and flowers with the herbaceous borders being particularly spectacular.
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.
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.
Find out more about the plants
We have volunteer garden guides most days who can share information about the planting schemes and the interesting features in the garden. In the upper garden there are planting sheets discreetly displayed in the corners of the garden where you can find a full list of all the plants in the borders each season.
If a stroll around the garden at Cotehele has left you full of ideas for making your own garden more beautiful then do stop by the Plant Centre, as you’ll find many of the plants growing in the garden for sale here.
We’re proud to sell plants grown in peat-free compost and grown locally in Cornwall at the Lanhydrock plant nursery.