The Gardens in Summer

Come along to see what our 14 acres of stunning, RHS partner gardens have on offer in Summer.

Head Gardener James Cross has more details below about his work in the gardens this month:

What a change a month makes from incredibly dry to very wet and it’s a change we did not expect! 

The Gardens are looking lusher than ever and, because of the earlier very hot and very dry weather, August will produce our best ever second flush of roses. The majority of them are covered in buds which will fill the air with their scent and give a profusion of colour along with lots of late summer plants including Sedums and Asters.

The rain has kept the hot border and prairie gardens extra colourful and extended the flowering season. The colour garden, which is full of annuals planted in a stained glass effect, has also exploded into a riot of colours.

The areas planted for foliage have also done exceptionally well and the newly planted area near St Andrews Well has tree ferns and many different types of Hydrangea as well as other very unusual shrubs like Cornus kousa ‘Satomi’, Desfontainia spinosa and Picea breweriana to name a few.
A big thank you to the Harry Crook Foundation for funding that planting.
It is another very fertile and bountiful August in the Community Garden with lots of extra fruit and vegetables. The majority of fruit trees are very early and the fruits are large and plentiful. In the Somerset countryside the damsons are the earliest they have ever been and the weight of the fruit is actually breaking some branches!
The jobs always relate directly with the weather and of course we are now having to weed and hoe again more regularly. Dead heading is the most beneficial job in the gardens in August. Hedge cutting can begin especially of the yew hedges - we need to cut those around The Quiet Garden and behind the hot border. We will also cut our Euonymus hedges that replaced the box.
Whichever time in August you decide to visit us, you will explore a very diverse, and in many areas colourful, August garden with something to excite all gardeners.

James Cross
Head Gardener


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