Wonderful wildflowers at Glendurgan

Wildflowers growing down Birch's orchard in front of Glendurgan's school room

Each spring at Glendurgan, hoards of wildflowers flood the garden's banks and paths in an impressive display of colour.

As spring slowly makes an appearance at Glendurgan primroses and violets appear under the trees and delicately line the paths and borders.These are interspersed shortly after by a mixture of jewel coloured aquilegias and wild orchids which rapidly sweep throughout the valley as spring progresses.

Bank of aquilegia
Different coloured aquilegia flowers rise above surrounding wildflowers and grasses on a bank at Glendurgan in Cornwall
Bank of aquilegia

Perfect woodland conditions provide the ideal habitat for bluebells to thrive, with each year's display more impressive than the last.

Glendurgan Garden
visitor walking along grass path amongst bluebells
Glendurgan Garden

Interspersed throughout the garden are stretches of wild garlic with its distinctive aroma and clusters of delicate wood anemone.

Bluebells mixed with white wild garlic grow on Glendurgan's banks
Bluebells and wild garlic thrive on Glendurgan's banks
Bluebells mixed with white wild garlic grow on Glendurgan's banks

Alongside bluebells and other wildflowers are imposing rhododendrons with their dramatic large flowers and vibrant display of colour.

Bluebells and rhododendrons
a path surrounded by bluebells with a large pink flowering rhododendron in the foreground leads down through the garden at Glendurgan in Cornwall
Bluebells and rhododendrons

Towards the end of spring and heading into summer, gladioli make a statement appearance on the steep bank above the maze, towering over other wildflowers with a display of bright pink flowers.

Wildflowers overlooking the maze at Glendurgan
Colourful wildflowers cover a bank at Glendurgan, the maze is in the background and surrounded by a variety of trees on either side.
Wildflowers overlooking the maze at Glendurgan

Wildflowers are such an important part of Glendurgan and so the garden team work hard to provide the best conditions possible for them. As spring moves into summer, the wildflowers are left to die back and set seed before all the banks are cut and raked off, with the waste composted elsewhere on site. By removing the cut grass before the nutrients return to the soil, the ground becomes impoverished over time, favouring the wildflowers and reducing the vigour of the course grasses. The whole process is then repeated in the winter. Quite an undertaking but the reward for all that hard work is a fantastic display of beautiful, native wildflowers!

Uncut wildflower banks at Glendurgan
Uncut wildflower banks at Glendurgan
Uncut wildflower banks at Glendurgan