Summer in the Hill Top garden

The long border in summer at Hill Top

There's always something to see in the pretty garden at Hill Top but the colour and scent of the flowers in summer are simply show stopping.

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Hill Top's garden in summer

The garden at Hill Top might be small but it's perfectly formed and bursting with character, especially in the summer months.

June and July see the garden at its peak, with everything vying for space in the crowded borders. The climbing roses on the trellis are blooming, as are the beautifully scented shrub roses near the shop.

Ground covering cranesbills are in flower and the frothy yellow-flowered lady’s mantle catches raindrops on its leaves. The fluffy pink flowers of the meadow rue and the blue buddleia are getting lots of attention from the bees and butterflies but the Eucryphia produces an unbeatable display of white, honey-scented flowers and buzzes with bees from dawn until dusk. 

The vegetable garden is filling up with lettuce, cabbage, beans and potatoes and the soft fruit is nearly ready for picking. Jemima Puddle-Duck’s rhubarb patch is cropping well. 

Red Japanese quince flower beside the path and around the entrance, whilst the pretty white and purple wisterias on the house and covering the shed, crown the display of colour. 

The Vegetable Garden in summer at Beatrix Potter's Hill Top home, Cumbria
The Vegetable Garden in summer at Hill Top, Cumbria, home of Beatrix Potter