Saltram's garden in summer
With striking colours, scents and majestic trees, the garden at Saltram continues to flourish. Here are some of my summer highlights.
The summer border
The Summer Border next to the Chapel Tea-room is at its brightest and best. My team of garden staff and volunteers completely re-worked the border a couple of years ago so it continues to be full of new life and fresh colour all summer long.
Main lawn loveliness
The main lawn is the ideal spot to admire the garden, surrounded by the House, Chapel, and beautiful beds full of interesting plants from around the world.
Exotic and unusual
I really love the garden at Saltram because it's home to many exotic and unusual shrubs from all over the world. Many come into their own during summer, such as the flowering Hoheria, Eucryphia, lochroma and the huge tropical leaves of the Tetrapanax.
The garden is also home to a wide variety of hydrangeas, from mop-heads to climbers, small trees to shrubs. Throughout summer they provide reliable splashes of colour across the garden.
The Orange Grove
As well as being the summer home to our citrus trees, by late summer the secluded Orange Grove should be full of brightly coloured dahlias, irises and gladioli. This gives it a real mix of the tropical and the Mediterranean with fiery, hot colours and tropical foliage.
Delve deeper into the garden and you'll discover the 18th century working Orangery. The citrus trees are kept indoors during winter but in May we usually spend the day lifting each tree and placing them outside. When the sun comes out in summer the citrus fruits ripen up and the smell of the trees is gorgeous.
The Great Terrace
The oldest part of the garden is The Great Terrace, which runs through the ancient woodland on the north side of the garden, overlooking the River Plym from the Temple to the east all the way to the Castle Folly to the west. A lot of work has been done in recent years to thin out the overgrown planting to allow light back onto the ground and it now provides a beautiful setting for a relaxed woodland stroll.
The lawns along Serpentine are the perfect place to sit and enjoy the sun. Surrounded by long grass and wildflowers, there are butterflies and other wildlife to enjoy in this little slice of the surrounding parkland within the garden.