Garden highlights

Soak up spring and settle next to the bear's hut to enjoy the sunny daffodils.

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

Fabulous flowers around the garden

You don’t have to walk far to catch a waft of something sweet whilst walking through the garden. It could quite possibly be the dainty white flowers of Sarcococca confusa. Even though the flowers are starting to fade, they still have a sweet perfume. The fragrance of these seemingly inconspicuous flowers stops people in their tracks.  

A flash of white in the winter.
Sarcococca confusa in the garden.
A flash of white in the winter.

It is a tough, reliable plant with shiny box-like leaves, hence its common name of ‘Christmas box’. It carries its deep purple berries throughout the year and will tolerate a variety of planting positions and a hard prune.

Another plant smelling sweetly is Oemleria cerasiformis. This is a very unasuming shrub near to Dairy Gate with small flowers and a scent that carries in the air.

To the east of the Lady Cot (Bear's Hut), you'll find Cornus mas. This large bushy shrub adds a burst of colour in spring. Tolerant of any soil, it requires a sunny aspect. Its flowers are followed by red, cherry-like fruits.

Yellow colour bringing in spring.
A Cornus mas shrub.
Yellow colour bringing in spring.

Fritilaria meleagris will also make an appearance in March. This native wildflower, better known as Snakes-head fritillary, thrives in well-drained wildflower meadows with plenty of light.

Delicate wild flower making an appearance.
Snakes-head fritillary.
Delicate wild flower making an appearance.

Keep your eyes peeled for the fantastic blue and yellow combination of Anemone blanda and Narcissus 'Tête-à-tête' near the Dairy Café.

Small ray of yellow in the spring.
Tête-à-tête daffodils.
Small ray of yellow in the spring.

Look also for Camellia, snowdrops, Rhododendron and many varieties of daffodil as well as Fritillaria imperialis in the herbaceous border.  

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 to maintain these beautiful grounds, please contact Jess Meale (Volunteer Development Manager) on 01392 883189 or at jessica.meale@nationaltrust.org.uk. Alternatively, to directly discuss volunteering with one of the gardening team, contact Ashley Brent (Gardener) at ashley.brent@nationaltrust.org.uk or on 01392 883141.