In Bloom This Month
The gardens are glorious in July! Discover where to spot the rarest, most beautiful and sweetest-smelling flowers throughout the grounds of Speke Hall.
This border runs along the edge of the main path from Home Farm to the hall and is a riot of colour at the moment. Look out for alliums, Shirley Temple and Sarah Bernhardt peonies, red scabius, and lots of nepeta 'Six Hills Giant' aka catmint! As we move into July the climbers along the fenceline will be looking wonderful, and keep your eyes peeled for 'Hattie's Pincushion', a variety of astrantia.
Before you reach the South Lawn, pop into the courtyard at the back of the Stable Tea Room where the rambler rose 'Seagull' is in full bloom and the honeysuckle is growing well.
South Lawn & Rose Garden
The Fringe Tree (chionanthus virginicus) flowers infrequently but it's looking glorious this year! You can spot it on the island beds on the South Lawn, along with a range of other Victorian-inspired planting.
The Rose Garden is wonderful from June to August with Margaret Merrill, Pearl Drift, Summer Snow and Amber Queen varieties as particular highlights.
This area is mostly known for its history and the mighty Holm Oak but there are some interesting plants to discover, including the smoke bush, acanthus spinosus (or bear's breeches!), and the striking yellow common loosestrife. As you’re heading under the Moat Bridge, look out for the Japanese quince and the Royal fern 'ozmonda regalis'.
Explore this magical, hidden oasis in the grounds of Speke Hall. Accessible via a narrow enticing tunnel at one end and a winding path at the other, it can be found just off the North Lawn and is the ideal place for a quiet walk and moment of contemplation. The Secret Garden was newly restored in 2017 thanks to generous donations from the Alan Evans Memorial Trust, Crosby National Trust Association, Oldham and District National Trust Association and the Chester and District National Trust Association.
Plants to look out for are the Chilean lantern bush which has striking red flowers, the candelabra primula and the rare (and previously thought to be extinct) Wollemi pine or dinosaur tree.
The North Lawn is the ideal spot for striking views of the front of the hall, or for enjoying a picnic surrounded by Victorian planting. There isn't much colour over the summer months but the tall trees and shrubs provide lots of welcome shade.
We're well into our usual schedule of vegetable planting in the Kitchen Garden and things are looking good! Wander round and see what's growing well. If you’re visiting Speke on a Wednesday or Friday, pop in and see the volunteer team for a chat and some tips, or pick up a plant from their stall.
The Bund & Coastal Reserve
Pick up the Bund path down at Home Farm, opposite the maze, and enjoy some fantastic views of the Mersey and airport as you stroll. Look out for wildflowers and some brave plants thriving up there.
If you’re taking the Coastal Reserve path then the start of that walk is a good place to spot a whole range of wildflowers and the insects and birds that enjoy them.