Planting for the summer

Volunteer gardeners at Kingston Lacy, Dorset

During springtime the gardeners begin to plant the summer bedding in the formal gardens. This includes the wellheads, hanging baskets and colourful borders that will blossom over the next few months. Read on to find some top tips from the team at Kingston Lacy.

Andrew Hunt, Head Gardener, recommends using a mixture of peat-free compost and organic fertilizer to grow healthy plants. When planting in containers or pots, like the metal ones used in the historic wellheads, adding a small amount of water crystals can help keep the plants hydrated during the summer.

" Make sure to mix thoroughly as combining the soil and nutrients together is important to ensure even growth. "
- Andrew Hunt, Head Gardener

Picking the right plants can be a difficult task. Inspiration for the current gardens at Kingston Lacy is taken from historic plans, such as the south terrace herbaceous border originally designed by William Goldring of Kew Gardens in 1899.  

Andrew suggests using a mixture of tall and low growing plants to create a textured effect. You could use different shades of the same colour or contrasting hues to create a vibrant display.

Finally, make sure to pack the bedding plants in tight. Especially for hanging baskets and containters, fill in any gaps with extra soil and firm up before watering. 


Planting the wellheads at Kingston Lacy

Watch gardeners, Chris and Iggy, get ready for the summer months by planting up the historic wellheads at Kingston Lacy.