Saltram's garden in summer

Martin Stott, Senior Gardener Martin Stott Senior Gardener
Anemone japonica

With striking colours, scents and majestic trees, the garden at Saltram continues to flourish. Here are some of my summer highlights.

 

Please book ahead before visiting 

The garden at Saltram is open and you’ll need to book tickets online or by calling 0344 249 1895 by 3pm the day before your visit. Members can book for free, while non-members will need to pay when booking. We'll be releasing tickets every Friday. Please note we’ll be turning people away who arrive and haven't booked to visit the garden. The shop and Park Café will both reopen from Monday 29 June. We're looking forward to welcoming you back.

 

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.

The summer border is full of colour
The colourful Summer border at Saltram
The summer border is full of colour

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.

Take time out in the garden
A women on a bench reading in the garden
Take time out in the garden

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.

Tetrapanax papyrifer
Tetrapanax papyrifer
Tetrapanax papyrifer

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.

Hydrangeas can be found around the garden in late summer
Hydrangea in blue
Hydrangeas can be found around the garden in late summer

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. This gives it a real mix of the tropical and the Mediterranean. We're currently working on fixing the central pond in the hope that one day it will stop leaking and feature a small fountain. It's a real haven for the frogs which we've given a temporary home to elsewhere whilst the work is carried out. 

The Orange grove at Saltram
The Orange grove
The Orange grove at Saltram

Citrus blooms

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. 

Citurs trees lining the Orangery
Citurs trees lining the Orangery
Citurs trees lining the Orangery