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:

We held our third Garden Festival at the start of June, so I’ve been getting the Gardens in shape for that!  

It is a very busy time of year for us in many ways. The annuals are being planted out as are the last of the vegetables but we are also trying to keep on top of the weeding, watering and grass cutting!

June is the best month to enjoy our roses which I have planted throughout the gardens and some of my favourites are the rich wine coloured ‘Munstead Wood’ which will flower all summer, ‘Othello’ which is another rich colour and whose scent is the strongest of all on a sunny day. ‘Graham Stuart Thomas’ is a classy yellow and flowers several times through the summer.

Roses that flower once but are still well worth growing are ‘Maidens Blush’ a real old fashioned pink, the species Rosa moyesii with its medieval fashion red flowers. Earliest are the Rosa rugosa which also occur naturally in the wild and have a heavenly scent and are a strong shrub, roseraie de l’hay is a particularly good hybrid. Rosa rugosa can be grown as an effective hedge!

There are many more roses and of course lots of other flowers to enjoy including the water wheel borders which are full of Iris, Hostas, Primula’s and Astrantia’s. The huge wells border is also bursting into life with magnificent Iris, day lillies, Geraniums, roses, Philadelphus and grasses to name a few.

June is a fantastic month to see the gardens and keen gardeners will not be disappointed.

James Cross
Head Gardener


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