The best of our garden in summer
The formal gardens at Polesden Lacey are varied and beautiful, especially in summer when the beds burst with colour and fragrance. Here's our list of what to look out for in the garden, when you visit this summer.
The Edwardian walled rose garden
Meander through the stunning walled garden where you'll enjoy more than 2000 roses, including over 100 rambling roses on the Pergola. The roses in the centre beds are made up of over 35 different varieties of Hybrid Tea, Floribunda and Hybrid Musk. The outer borders around the perimeter also include many wilder shrub roses and beautiful climbing roses against the historic walls.
Look out for the 'Graham Stuart Thomas', a bright yellow flower named after the famed horticulturalist who redesigned the rose garden in the mid-20th century.
The rose garden will be filled with flowers throughout the summer, and into the autumn with splashes of red, white, yellow and pink surrounding you as you stroll along the pathways.
The ladies garden
The Ladies Garden will be dominated by Rosa 'Margaret Greville', specially cultivated for us by Peter Beales Roses in 2017 to celebrate 75 years since the Polesden Lacey was bequeathed to the National Trust. Rosa 'Margaret Greville' is peach pink bloom with a golden centre and is underplanted with herbaceous perennials and flowering bulbs.
Double herbaceous border
Wander in the sun along our vibrant double herbaceous borders. Hot summer colours like red and orange are dominant in this year’s borders, which feature Red hot pokers, Day lilies and Verbascum. Lush purple Nepeta plants offer a contrast as well as a beautiful scent as you amble past. Delicate pink Clematis creeping up the walls provides a beautiful backdrop to this stunning visual display.
Local apples in the orchard
The Orchard at Polesden Lacey will be producing apples during the summer months. All our apples are local and highlights are the 'Crawley beauties', 'Claygate pearmains' and 'Byfleet seedling' varieties.
The old kitchen garden
Our kitchen garden team have been busy creating a set of 'no dig' beds. This is a relatively new idea in gardening that uses large raised beds with thick layers of compost, manure and straw to create a weed-srupressing, fertile growing medium that shouldn't need watering or digging once established. We'll be growing pumpkins and squashes here this year owhich will be used in our cafe.
Colour in the house borders
While the container scheme around the house switches over to our new summer design in May, the south terrace borders are currently in a period of transition. Once the tulip display is over in early May there will be a brief fallow period until we plant up these borders with a bold now exotic scheme containing the likes of Canna lillies, Lobelia cardinalis and a variety of Eucomis plants, all combing together in a stunning orange and purple colour theme. We hope to have this new scheme in place by mid Summer so please come and see the fruits of our labours.
Beautiful arrangements from the cut flower garden
The flower arrangements featured throughout the house at Polesden Lacey are all made from blossoms grown on the estate’s grounds, in a garden run almost solely by volunteers. Geometric dahlias, full zinnias and bright sunflowers will all be blooming in the cut flower garden this summer.
The bee's favourite
Enjoy the lavender garden: the air will be heavy with the familiar and calming smell of Imperial gem lavender – among other varieties – and bees will be buzzing around from June to August. The lavender garden also features a central bed of fragrant thyme.
Fresh produce from the vegetable garden
The vegetable garden at Polesden Lacey produces a wide variety of vegetables: from peas and beans to potatoes and courgettes. Many of the vegetables grown in this garden are used in the Granary Café, so pop in and taste the delights that our vegetable garden has to offer!
Orchids in the upper sunk garden
The upper sunk garden will be a riot of colour this summer, with a magnificent collection of wildflowers, as well as bright Buddleias and delicate orchids. If you’re looking for a shady walk on a summer day, Nuns Walk and the lower sunk gardens are perfect for a peaceful stroll.