Garden highlights

Killerton garden terrace window view

Find out what plants are brightening up the garden and grounds this month.

Fabulous flowers around the garden

Early summer is a fantastic time in the garden for flowering plants. Every day, fresh flowers appear adding to the rich tapestry of the summer display.

In the stable courtyard and on the large sweet chestnuts above the Ice House, Hydrangea petiolaris is in full bloom. From South Korea and Japan, it is a natural climber that is smothered in corymbs of greenish-white flowers.

A natural climber
Climbing hydrangea
A natural climber

By the Killerton Kitchen Restaurant and around the Chapel, Wisteria floribunda 'Alba' has burst into flower. With long racemes of white flowers, it is slightly later flowering than the more common Wisteria sinensis. It has a fantastic fragrance that carries in the summer sun. The specimen by the restaurant once climbed up a bridge that linked the balcony with an Orangery, demolished by the Aclands in the 1930s.

Beautiful early summer scent
White wisteria in flower
Beautiful early summer scent

At the end of the herbaceous border, the large white flowers of Abutilon vitifolium 'Album'  stand tall. This fast growing, deciduous shrub is smothered in flowers in early summer.

In the meadows below the Bear's Hut and in the terrace borders grow a type of marsh orchid. Dactylorhiza foliosa add a striking splash of colour where they grow.

Orchids growing in the meadow
Orchids growing in the meadow
Orchids growing in the meadow

Plant sales

Many of the plants you see in the garden at Killerton can be bought direct from the gardeners at Killerton's monthly Farmers' Market held on the third Saturday of every month. Grown in peat free compost, the team stock unusual trees, shrubs and both tender and hardy herbaceous perennials. Stock changes monthly.

Get a piece of Killerton for your garden
Plant stall
Get a piece of Killerton for your garden

If you can't identify a certain plant or have a question, you can contact the gardeners directly via email at killerton.gardeners@nationaltrust.org.uk

 

Fancy getting your hands dirty?

Would you like to get involved? Would you like to learn new skills, meet new people and help look after this special place?

We are always interested to hear from people who would like to volunteer with us. If you would like to join our group of volunteers that help us maintain these beautiful grounds, please contact Emma Wakeham (Volunteer Development Manager) on 01392 883145 or at killerton@nationaltrust.org.uk