Scotney’s spring best

Spring has arrived and we have a wonderful array of flowers looking their best. Stroll around our 30 acre garden with colourful displays of flowers and the castle’s reflection in the still moat. Here are a few examples of what to look out for in our garden this spring.

Snakes Head Fritillary at Scotney Castle

Snakes Head Fritillary

Fritillaria meleagris. Fritillus refers to the chequered pattern on the petals, with ‘Snakes Head’ deriving from the flower shape resembling that of a snakes head. It is uncertain whether it is a native of Britain, but it has been cultivated since 1578 and was first recorded growing in the wild in 1737.

Wild Tulip at Scotney Castle

Wild Tulip

Tulipa sylvestris. Named the wild or woodland Tulip, this yellow pointed flower has a delicious lemon scent. It is uncertain whether it is a native of Britain, but was in cultivation in Britain by 1596 and was recorded growing in the wild in 1790. Its native range extends from Portugal and Morocco to western China.

Silberschmelze at Scotney Castle


Erica x darleyensis. Its name means ‘molten silver’ and it produces silvery-white bell shaped flowers between December and April. It was originally found by Georg Arends in Wuppertal, Germany and was introduced by him in 1937. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Azalea at Scotney Castle


This Azalea is from a group called the Kurume hybrids. It is an evergreen azalea named after a city on the Japanese island of Kyushu called Kurume. They are derived from a species native to the southern part of Kyushu island.

Primrose at Scotney Castle


Primula vulgaris. Our native Primrose is one of the most familiar spring flowers. With delicate pale yellow fragrant flowers and deep yellow centres, Primroses are low carpeting perennials which bloom from early March to May.

Eastern Cyclamen at Scotney Castle

Eastern Cyclamen

Cyclamen coum. Cyclamen is from the Greek kyklaminos, from kyklos meaning ‘circle’, alluding to the coiled stem of the seed vessel. Coum means ‘of Cous or Cos’, an island near Turkey. Flowers are dark pink with a purple blotch at the base of each lobe, and flower from December to March.

Hoop Petticoat Daffodil at Scotney Castle

Hoop Petticoat Daffodil

Narcissus bulbocodium. The Hoop Petticoat Daffodil has golden-yellow flowers with large, funnel-shaped trumpets that open wide giving the appearance of hoop petticoats.

Native English Bluebell at Scotney Castle

Native English Bluebell

Hyacinthoides non-scripta. Commonly found in woodland, this native wild flower has existed since 1600 and almost half the global population of bluebells is found in Great Britain. The native bluebell has a distinctively drooped flower stem, a sweet perfume, narrow bell-shaped flowers with rolled back tips and creamy white pollen.

Camellia at Scotney Castle


This Camellia is called 'Princess Charlotte' and produces two different coloured flowers on the same plant. It is unusual as it produces both white and pink flowers and sometimes flowers with a mixture of both.