The herbaceous border at the Old Castle has undergone some renovation over the past few months and it is now a beautiful place to sit on a sunny day and take in the view.
Here’s a selection of flowers to look out for during your visit over the next few months.
Flowing through the border is a wave of Verbena bonariensis which attracts bees, butterflies and hoverflies with their domes of pale purple flowers.
The dark purple of Salvia x jamensis ‘Nachtvlinder’ adds depth to the colour scheme.
Orange flower heads of Dahlia 'David Howard’.
The spires of Lythrum virgatum ‘Dropmore Purple’ are attractive to bees in late summer.
At the back of the border Malus ‘Indian Magic’ has been planted to give spring and autumn colour with its deep pink blossoms and orange-red fruits.
Helenium ‘Wyndley’, with bronze-streaked, yellow flowers and a dark brown centre.
Aster x frikartii Mönch with lavender-blue flowers
The pale green heads of Hylotelephium ‘Herbstfreude’ (syn. Sedum spectabile ‘Autumn Joy’) start to blush and day by day darken to their rosy, autumnal hues.
Changing oranges of Achillea ‘Inca Gold’
Deep orange cones of Echinacea purpurea ‘White Swan’ with their long, slightly drooping, white petals.
Scotney Castle has a wealth of history dating back to the inhabitants of the Old Castle.
With traditional beds and borders, Scotney Castle is best described as a landscape garden with many unique features including a glade and naturalistic planting.
Betsy's Second-hand Bookshop is a great spot to pick up a bargain and help support our conservation work. Step away from the garden and browse the shelves, enjoying the view out over the estate.