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Summer (mid June to mid September)

The warm days of summer provide dramatic flower displays in the herbaceous borders, scent from the rose gardens fills the air, and the vegetable gardens are a sight for sore eyes (or hungry stomachs!!). Here are some of the sights to be seen in summer and where to go to see them.

Hydrangea at Brodick Castle Gardens Crathes Castle June border Drum Castle Garden of Historic Roses Chives at Greenbank
Alliums at Inveresk Kiphofia at Leith Hall Priorwood Garden & Dried Flower Shop Threave Summer Border

Harvesting cut flowers

Culzean Castle, Drum Castle and Priorwood Garden

Herbaceous borders

Crathes Castle, Castle Fraser, Culzean Castle, Falkland Palace, Leith Hall, Pitmedden Garden, Threave Garden, Geilston, Haddo

Mixed borders

Crathes Castle, Harmony Garden, Hill of Tarvit Mansionhouse, Kellie Castle, Malleny Garden

Model 'period gardens'

Culross Palace (17th century), House of Dun (19th century), The Hill House (20th century)

Olearia - Daisy Bush

Inverewe Garden (National Collection)

Rose gardens

Drum Castle, Hill of Tarvit Mansionhouse, Malleny Garden

Summer bedding

Greenbank Garden, Pitmedden Garden

Vegetable gardens

Castle Fraser, Harmony Garden, Inverewe Garden, Kellie Castle (purely organic), Leith Hall, Malleny Garden, Threave Garden

Woodland gardens


Arduaine Garden, Brodick Castle, Inverewe Garden, Threave Garden, Lochalsh Woodland Garden