Ightham Mote garden in summer

Clematis climbing over a gateway with the cottages behind

As the summer sun sizzles, the garden at Ightham Mote becomes lush with foliage and bright displays of colour.

A bit of formality

As summer begins, our Formal Garden is replanted with a new display of bedding plants, whilst the Cutting Garden has fruit, vegetables and flowers in abundance. Our sweet pea walk is especially popular, with their scent intermixed with the lavender planted underneath. If you’d like to know how we care for our sweet peas, Pippa gives her top tips here...

An avenue of sweet peas lines the pathway in the Cutting Garden
56 canes of sweet peas line each side of the pathway, with lavender underplanted in the Cutting Garden
An avenue of sweet peas lines the pathway in the Cutting Garden

The long herbaceous borders provide a flamboyant mix of perennial plants, ranging from cool whites and blues to vibrant fiery hues of yellow and red. Alongside is a walkway with a series of rustic arches that are adorned with climbing roses. 

Rustic archways and climbing roses line the pathway along the summer border at Ightham Mote
The summer herbacious border is blooming, and climbing roses adorn the rustic archways
Rustic archways and climbing roses line the pathway along the summer border at Ightham Mote

A natural wildness

In the fernery, the bold fronds of foliage in delicate shades of green create a subtle air of wildness. Clinging to the side of the bank, they suggest that nature has had a hand in the planting. The stumpery with its dead trees and gnarled stumps works with the natural ground conditions to portray the Victorian idea of an Italian grotto. Set amongst mature trees, with a trickling stream, it encourages ferns, moss and lichens to grow.

The stumpery is a haven for wildlife
The stumpery at Ightham Mote is made up of branches and roots, with ferns planted in between
The stumpery is a haven for wildlife

A touch of the wild

Beneath the historic varieties of apple trees in the orchard, we've started to created a wildflower meadow to encourage even more wildlife to the garden.

Wildflower meadows encourage biodiversity
Wildflower meadow underneath the apple trees
Wildflower meadows encourage biodiversity

Pleasure grounds

The historic pleasure grounds, with its wide expanse of undulating lawn, trickling stream and sunlight dancing on the lake makes for a relaxing place to relax with a book, and while away the hours.

The pleasure grounds in summer
A cloudless sky over the pleasure grounds, with trees providing much needed shade
The pleasure grounds in summer