Ightham Mote garden in summer
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.