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 rapdily 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. 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

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

Aquilegias and orchids make up some of the flowers on Glendurgan's wildflower banks
Conservation efforts help protect the spring wildflowers at Glendurgan
Aquilegias and orchids make up some of the flowers on Glendurgan's wildflower banks