Saltram's garden in summer

Martin Stott, Head Gardener Martin Stott Head Gardener
Anemone japonica

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.

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, irises and gladioli. This gives it a real mix of the tropical and the Mediterranean with fiery, hot colours and tropical foliage. 

The Orange Grove has been conserved and reopened
The Orange Grove at Saltram in summer
The Orange Grove has been conserved and reopened

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. 

The citrus trees are out of the Orangery
The Orangery
The citrus trees are out of the Orangery

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 oldest part of the garden is the Great Terrace.
The Great Terrace on the north side of the garden
The oldest part of the garden is the Great Terrace.

Serpentine

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.