Late summer in the gardens at The Vyne

A picture of Ipomoea lobata in the Summerhouse Garden at The Vyne

A pocket of neat, central flowerbeds and burgeoning dahlias are some of the little details you can uncover at The Vyne.

Summerhouse Garden

Once used as a pigeon loft, the unusual 17th-century circular summerhouse makes a distinctive focal point in its own garden. The planting round about reflects the rusty colours of the building.

Orange Pelargoniums bring out the terracotta shades of the brickwork. Planted alongside these warm tones, deep purple Heliotropes form a neat ring around the central flower beds.   

In the border, ruby-red sprigs of Crocosmia punctuate the scene accompanied by coral Sedums and golden yellow Rudbeckia.   

Dahlias

The walled garden’s magnificent dahlia border, which has a backdrop of cordon, espallier and palmette fruit trees, features a gorgeous array of colours, from soft pastel shades to vibrant oranges, hot pinks and magenta blooms.   

Dahlias were an important part of horticultural life at The Vyne in the 19th century, when head gardener Mr Broomfield regularly won prizes for his blooms at local shows.       

A Bishop of Auckland dahlia growing in the walled garden at The Vyne.
A picture of a Bishop of Auckland dahlia growing in the walled garden at The Vyne.