A year in the garden
Our garden looks so different over the seasons, take a look at what to expect month by month when you visit.
Those who visit us frequently might be surprised at the appearance of some areas of the Garden. We are working with a small dedicated team of gardeners and due to the impact of the pandemic it is taking slightly longer to carry out our bedding changeover. We are working our way back to the usual high standards in some areas of the gardens.
Our garden maintenance over the last year has seen some encouraging conservation benefits. Wildflowers have flourished, and many areas are enjoying a less intensive horticultural approach. This is a new way of gardening for us, and long-term, it will do the garden a lot of good.
The garden starts to wake from its winter sleep. Scillas will be flowering and colour will be creeping into the spring bedding displays. Early daffodils begin to show. On the way to Tay Bridge see colourful stemmed and winter flowering shrubs.
Spring bedding is in full flower. The Parterre and Aviary Garden is a mixture of tulips and myosotis. Elsewhere is a profusion of wallflowers, narcissus and bellis medicis. Daffodil Valley, Tay Bridge and Tulip Patch will be full of daffodils.
Cascade Bank looks good with spring flowering shrubs. Late May is our bedding changeover when the ornamental beds will be planted with summer bedding. Other parts of the garden will show colour from Bluebells and Lily of the Valley. The trees will begin to burst into leaf and Horse chestnuts with their candles.
The Parterre is in bloom with its colourful summer bedding. Each year we have a new carpet bed design based on the collection or upcoming exhibitions. Flowers and scent will fill the Rose garden.
The ornamental beds will be looking their best during the summer months of July and August, and the water plants and marginals in Frog Fountain will also be looking good.
The bedding in Tropical Mound and the Bachelors’ Wing will still be looking good. Autumn crocus, Colchium speciosum ‘Album’ will be in full flower on the Parterre. In late September conkers begin to fall from our Horse Chestnut trees.
Winter bedding changeover begins, we pull out the summer plants and put in spring bulbs and flowering plants. The trees will change to deep, magnificent golden hues.
The garden hibernates for winter. Variegated hollies and evergreen shrubs give the garden depth while winter flowering shrubs give Tay Bridge and the Winter Garden colour. Christmas trees and light sculpture end our year in the garden.