Summer in the garden at Quebec House

The garden at Quebec House, a National Trust property in Kent

The garden at Quebec House is a source of joy to those of us who work here and hopefully to the visitors to the property. They are compact and although considerably smaller than the original plot the house sat in, present a pleasing mix of annuals, perennials, roses, shrubs and vines.

18th century links

There is little information to find out about the earlier gardens on this site, so we have been using the typical Georgian garden as a reference point.

We're creating a stronger link with that of an 18th century garden by planting pleached limes and creating a rose border with similar blooms to those found during the 1700s.

New for summer

This year we have developed the border outside the Coach House to create a cut flowerbed. Blooms grown here will be used for fresh displays in the house.

We are also endeavouring to create an interesting sequence of long blooming flowers that will hold their own throughout the summer.

Some of the palette we have used include honeywort, sweet pea, marigolds, sunflowers and mallow.

Cheery sunflowers in the new cut flower bed
Sunflowers in the garden at Quebec House, a National Trust property in Kent
Cheery sunflowers in the new cut flower bed

Mrs Wolfe's recipes

Mrs Wolfe developed a recipe book, many of which reference herbs she used to cook with. We keep these growing in the garden as a link back to the Wolfe family.

Whilst we don't use the herbs in our cookery displays, visitors can sample some of Mrs Wolfe's recipes every Sunday throughout our main season. Check the 'what's on' section of the Quebec House homepage to find out when Mrs Wolfe's Recipes is next on.

My favourite feature

This is a very tricky question to answer. Overall I love the intimacy and calm atmosphere despite the business of the A25 just the other side of the wall.

The alliums are a particular favourite of mind but generally speaking I love all of the herbaceous perennials as they just keep on giving.