Summer in the garden at Croft

Flowers and borders in bloom in summer at Croft Castle in Herefordshire

The walled garden at Croft is bursting with summer colour, so now is the perfect time to pack up your picnic hamper and spend an afternoon relaxing in a deckchair.

The recent changeable weather this summer has in fact provided ideal growing conditions in the garden. Spells of wet weather mixed with days of sunshine and high temperatures mean that the herbaceous plants are really flowering well.

Blue globe thistles, yellow giant scabious, white Shasta daisies and purple acanthus are all putting on a spectacular show, following on from the old fashioned rose cultivars such as ‘Ludlow Castle’, ‘sweet Juliet’ and ‘Zephrine Drouaine.’

Croft's walled garden is bursting with summer colour
Summer flowers in the walled garden at Croft Castle in Herefordshire

Growth on some of the plants has been spectacular; our Phoenix grape vines which are being thinned out at the moment have put on around four feet of growth and this year’s crop of grapes are developing well.

Such an abundance of flowers is attracting a host of insects which so far this season have been in really low numbers. Honeybees and bumble bees are around in abundance and butterflies such as small tortoiseshell, peacock and comma are around in the walled garden. We have even had a sighting of the elusive and spectacular silver –washed fritillary butterfly. We are also starting to see slow worms, the odd grass snake and lots of baby great – crested newts in the pond.

There are lots of butterflies fluttering around the garden
A Small Tortoiseshell butterfly on a thistle at Croft Castle in Herefordshire

All in all summer is shaping up really well and all the garden team agree that the walled garden especially has never looked so good.