Enjoy the gardens in Summer

The herb garden at Hardwick in full bloom with the hall in the background

At every turn you'll find bursts of summer colour throughout Hardwick's historic gardens; explore the historic planting in the West Court or sit and relax in a deckchair.

Summer Highlights

Working your way along the paths in the West Court you'll pass a spectrum of colour provided by annuals, Starting from the gatehouse with white flowers, to the deep reds and purples by the house. It was here that the famous Gertrude Jekyll's helped influence the planting. This has been planted up to the original 1985 planting schemes.

The South borders are in full bloom, filled with pale and golden yellows, vivid purples, indigos, violets and burgundys. 

Come June the south border is in full bloom
The south border at Hardwick Hall
Come June the south border is in full bloom

Roses of the East

Duchess Evelyn (the last Lady of Hardwick) helped to create what you see today in the East Court. In the 1950s she introduced shrub roses into the borders, with their muted, pastel shades and delicious scent. Roses are out now in the East Court and will last into July. Climbers including roses, honeysuckle and vines are coming into flower now.

There are lots of butterflies, look out for Painted Ladies, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Meadow Brown and Ringlets

The roses of the East Courtyard are a legacy of Duchess Evelyn
Hardwick garden roses in the the East Courtyard
The roses of the East Courtyard are a legacy of Duchess Evelyn

Head Gardeners tips for Summer 

If you have roses start deadheading as soon as flowers die off. Cut well back into the stems to promote more flowers later in the year. Make sure you have adequate plant supports on your taller plants. Nothing worse than having a tall plant in full flower and the stem of the plant breaking. It's still not too late to plant out additional plants if you have gaps in your borders.

Even if you only have a small space or even pots you can still grow some vegetables. Try runner beans in pots up a can or even tomatoes in a grow bag. It may seem late to be doing this but an Indian Summer will see it pay dividends.

Keep on top of your mowing, weeding and lawn edging and your garden will have that extra neat an tidy look.

Your secateurs will come in handy
Gardener pruning roses
Your secateurs will come in handy

What the gardeners are up to

The team are still busy planting up of the show borders West Courtyard, South Border and Herb Garden. Lots of essential regular weeding, mowing and lawn edging, takes up most of the teams time to ensure presentation standards in a formal garden.

Dead heading throughout all the borders especially early flowering roses to get a second flush of flowers later in the year. Lots of work behind the scenes in the nursery growing plants for the garden and for plant sales.

The herb garden at Hardwick is full of delights
Hardwick Hall viewed from the herb garden
The herb garden at Hardwick is full of delights

Stop and relax

Enjoy relax in a deckchair at Hardwick
Colourful deckchairs in the Hardwick gardens
Enjoy relax in a deckchair at Hardwick

Enjoy these summer delights at your leisure. There are plenty of paths to wander and spots to pause a while.