Head Gardener's Pick

High summer brings exuberance and vibrancy to the colour mix. Everywhere explodes with stunning displays of flowers and lush, textured foliage. Don’t forget to visit the Kitchen Garden to enjoy the freshly grown produce. There is so much to see all over the garden but here are the top five plants to look out for throughout July.

Alcea rosea, Hollyhock 

Alcea rosea, Hollyhock 

Reaching for the skies, these giant spikes of multi-coloured funnel shaped flowers are firm favourites for any informal garden border. You can find these beautiful plants in the Kitchen Garden.

Echinops ritro 'Taplow Blue' , Globe thistle at Kingston Lacy

Echinops ritro 'Taplow Blue' , Globe thistle

For architectural interest in a border try these spiky bright blue globes – they are adored by bees. You will find these in the Cedar Walk border and Kitchen Garden.

Hydrangea arborescens Annabelle, Hydrangea at Kingston Lacy

Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’, Hydrangea

Huge, spherical heads of delicate, white petals change to dusky tones as summer extends into autumn. This is one example of many different species and hybrids of this shrub and can be found on Cricket Walk. Look for more hydrangeas with mopheads, lacecaps, panicles and more.

Monarda ‘Cambridge Scarlet’, Bee balm/bergamot at Kingston Lacy

Monarda Cambridge Scarlet, Bee balm/bergamot

The showy, shaggy flowerhead of this herbaceous perennial reminds us of a haircut - it’s loved by insects, especially bees and will provide colour all summer long. Find this colourful plant along South Terrace and in the Kitchen Garden

Rosa 'Graham Thomas‘, Shrub rose at Kingston Lacy

Rosa Graham Thomas, Shrub

A fantastic rose with a delightful fragrance and beautiful, cupped, double yellow flowers. It’s repeat flowering too! This is just one of many different roses continuing to flower this month and can be found in the Baffle border, Rose Garden and Kitchen Garden.