Bursting into colour at Dudmaston

Summer colour garden pool dudmaston

The garden blooms brightest at this time of year so stop by for a few peaceful moments or stay all afternoon.

Steeped in history, Dudmaston's formal garden offers some surprises too. Explore the enclaves of the American Garden or enjoy the open views over Big Pool. Summer time is undoubtedly our 'show stopper' moment in the garden so it's well worth popping in to make the most of the warmer days.

Look out over Big Pool
The gardens in flower with the lake in the background at Dudmaston
Look out over Big Pool

Rose border

The rose border, which you'll find under the terrace on the south side of the hall, was replanted last winter. Originally planted by Lady Labouchere in 1996, sadly she never saw the fruits of her labour as she died just a few months later.

The garden team worked with rose specialist David Austin Roses to select species which compliment Lady Labouchere's original planting scheme.

The garden team worked with David Austin Roses to replant the border
Dudmaston rose border garden
The garden team worked with David Austin Roses to replant the border

Rose varieties include Octavia Hill, Gertrude Jekyll and Abraham Darby, a conscious choice because Lady Labouchere was a descendant of the Darby family.

The colour scheme consists of pinks, reds and creams. Lady Labouchere really didn't like yellow roses so we've chosen not to include them.

American Garden

Calycanthus Foridus (best seen in early July)

This unusual shrub produces Lily like flowers in early summer that are strongly scented. The leaves and bark release a camphor like scent when crushed. This shrub likes to grow in sun or light shade in fertile, well drained soil.

Cournus Kousa - Norman Haddon (best seen in June)

In the American Garden, as you turn left out of the Eternity Gates you will find a fantastic tree with some splendid white flowers. The common name is Japanese Flowering Dogwood, this amazing tree has creamy petal like bracts, (Norman Hadden having a pink tinge to the bracts) with the tiny lower flower nestled in the centre.

Dogwood is popular with its showy bracts in early summer
Dogwood in bloom at Emmetts Garden, a National Trust property in Kent
Dogwood is popular with its showy bracts in early summer

Hydrangea paniculata (best seen in mid to late summer)

Hydrangea paniculata is a species of flowering plant in the family Hydrangaceae, native to southern and eastern China, Korea, Japan and Russia. A large deciduous shrub with ovate leaves and broad panicles of, mostly, showy cream sterile florets which become pink-tinged with age, it flowers mid to late summer.

White hydrangea
White hydrangea backlit by the sun
White hydrangea

Bog Garden

Situated at the edge of Big Pool, next to the reed beds, this part of the garden is planted with stilbe, iris, primulas, euphorbias, bambous, ferns, eupatorium, acanthus, gunneras and Hhmerocallis (also known as day lilies).

The gunnera manicata, which originate from South America and Africa is a dramatic plant with its huge leaves that resemble rhubarb leaves. In the winter, we protect the crowns with the leaves after cutting them.

Some unsual plants await you in the bog garden
The Bog Garden at Dudmaston, Shropshire
Some unsual plants await you in the bog garden