Killerton family flower trail
Each year we mark Valentine's Day with an annual flower count. We have some real show stoppers, including carpets of crocus, snowdrops and cyclamen. There are bursting buds on the camellias, azaleas, early varieties of rhododendrons as well as the showy magnolia trees.
One of the best gardens to see early springtime blooms
Follow in our gardener's footsteps and see how many you can count along the way. Make a special Valentines day of it and round off your spring walk with a cream tea in our stables café or lunch for two in our stylish Killerton Kitchen restaurant which overlooks the garden. Usual entry charges apply (National Trust members free).
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After you have passed by the banks of daffodils in the parkland and reached the front of the house, you can't miss the early spring flowers in the borders. Pretty spring blooms growing here include the bright purple hellebores, delicate white petals of the honeysuckle and the richly scented evergreen sarococca. In late spring, the beautiful bright yellow Lady Banks' rose can be seen climbing the walls of the house. Take your time to take in the spring fragrance, then head through the garden gate.
House flower borders
See if you can spot: Lonicera x purpusii - the 'winter beauty' honeysuckle. Don't forget to take a sniff, it's very fragrant. Sarococca - Christmas box with rich scented flowers and attractive fruit. Hellebores - pretty springtime colour.
Once you are through the garden gate, crunch your way along the gravel path past the house heading towards the stone terrace beds. At the end of these herbaceous borders, see if you can spot the early spring bloom Daphne bholua 'Jacqueline Postil'. This is an evergreen shrub with glossy leaves and intensely fragrant pink white flowers. In late spring the herbaceous border on your right will have fritillary, a sea of bright yellow and orange.
At the end of the gravel path, turn right and head across the lawn up the hill towards the garden path. Follow it around through the trees. This is the romantic Yew Walk where you will see carpets of snowdrops.
Head back on yourself towards our famous Bear's Hut, a honeymoon gift for Lydia Acand. Some say it is a heart-shaped roof when you look down on it from a bird's eye view. Pass the hut to join the grassy path towards the house.
See if you can spot: Crocus, daffodils and primroses - these spread across the upper bank creating a beautiful spring display. Cyclamen coum - patches of these pretty flowers are hard to miss, vivid pink petals will catch your eye in the spring sunshine. Cornus mas - This Cornelian cherry is a an understated but attractive yellow bloom that loves to flower in early spring.
As you make your way along the grassy path, look left to see banks of yellow daffodils, lilac crocus, purple hellebores and yellow chimonanthus praecox. This is our winter bed, a last burst of colour before you make your way through the turnstile 'kissing' gate back out into the parkland.
See if you can spot Chimonanthus praecox and Hellebores.
Once out into the parkland, take the path ahead following signs for the chapel. Spot the banks of daffodils along the way before heading through the wooden gate into the chapel grounds. Here, you will be met with a vivid carpet of pink cyclamen under our impressive champion tulip trees. There is also a blanket of thousands of snowdrops bordering the chapel pathways, which visitors have planted over the years in celebration of someone special to them.
Don't miss the carpet of cyclamen and blankets of snowdrops.
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