July colour at Trengwainton Garden

Bee on a blue cornflower

The lush, cool greens of the giant tree ferns and native beech trees provide the dominant hue at Trengwainton Garden during the summer months, but colour can still be found for keen photographers or garden enthusiasts.

The agapanthus on the Terrace

The agapanthus growing on the Terrace
Agapanthus on the Terrace at Trengwainton Garden

Wander up the half a mile incline to the top of the garden and you’ll not only be rewarded by the sight of the cool blue waters of Mounts Bay, but also the blue and purple hues of the agapanthus border. Native to southern Africa, their name comes from the Greek words ‘agape’ and ‘anthus’, meaning love flower.

Stream border

The delicate pink flowers of the astilbes growing in the stream border
The delicate pink flowers of the astilbes growing in the stream border at Trengwainton Garden

It’s not without reason that one translation of Trengwainton is the garden of springs as a number rise in the garden and a stream runs throughout its length. Where this stream borders the Drive, moisture-loving plants provide spring and early summer colour and in July the intense orange of crocosmia and the delicate, feathery pink of the astilbes still provide interest.


Purple hydrangeas growing on the Lower Drive
Purple hydrangeas at Trengwainton Garden

On the Lower Drive and along the length of the Long Walk are plantings of hydrangeas in a variety of colours. Deep, rich purples sit alongside pale, pastel blues while others are bright white with dainty blue buds at their centre.

Abutilon border

The vibrant blooms of Abutilon Kentish Belle
The red and yellow blooms of abutilon Kentish Belle at Trengwainton Garden

In the middle section of the Lower Walled Garden, a border of abutilons benefits from the shelter and heat generated by the brick walls and thrives in this environment. Abutilons Ashford Red, Canary Bird and Kentish Belle provide a warm glow of colour with their bell-shaped flowers.

Cut flower border

A tumbling mixture of colours in the cut flower border
A mixture of marigolds, cornflowers, scabia and other flowers in the cut flwoer border at Trengwainton

In the central section of the Walled Kitchen Garden, the cut flower border was historically sown to provide cut flowers for Trengwainton House, but today it’s the bees and butterflies that benefit from it the most. Marigolds, cornflowers, scabia, sunflowers and a whole host of other flowers tumble together to form a frothy mass of colour from the ‘throw to grow’ mixture.