Summer has arrived and so have the blooms at Barnsdale

Summer has arrived and so have the blooms at Barnsdale: Dare we believe that summer has finally arrived? It certainly looks like the case here at Barnsdale Gardens and, along with the sun, a kaleidoscope of technicolour blooms have exploded into this horticulture treasure trove of thirty eight individually designed gardens too!

Rose Garden

The Rose Garden, once an overgrown plot at Barnsdale, now displays many varieties of Roses. Smart use of underplanting ensures year-round interest, and the covered seat offers the perfect vantage point to enjoy the spectacular sight and intoxicating aroma of some of the world’s most special species. Looking fab now are: over fifty different varieties of Roses; Paeonias; Geraniums; Hemerocallis; Campanula lactiflora ‘Prichards Variety’ and Polemonium

Summer has arrived and so have the blooms at Barnsdale

Summer has arrived and so have the blooms at Barnsdale

Mediterranean Garden

The Mediterranean Garden focuses on plants that thrive in hot and dry conditions. To improve the drainage of Barnsdale’s heavy clay soil, coarse grit has been used. The soil has been mounded to create variations in height, allowing for the planting of varieties that require sharp drainage at the top. The garden also features brightly coloured foliage plants, succulents, grasses, and herbs to enhance the Mediterranean feel. Looking superb now are: Nepeta ‘Six Hills Giant’; Thalictrum; Anthemis; Centranthus; Salvia ‘Amethyst Lips’; Sisyrinchium striatum and Stipa tenuissima


Geoff Hamilton named this view because of its resemblance to the formal and structured layout of Louis XIV’s famous gardens at the Palais de Versailles just outside of Paris. The hedges were strategically planted to be visually striking while still allowing the rest of the garden to be fully appreciated in all its beauty. Looking amazing now are: Deutzia; Philadelphus; Roses; Hesperis; Cephalaria gigantea; Geraniums; Phytolacca americana and Sambucus nigra f. porphyrophylla ‘Eva’ (Sambucus nigra ‘Black Lace’)


The Allotment at Barnsdale was the primary focus of the fruit and vegetable segments on Gardeners’ World for many years. It is designed to be the typical size of most allotment plots and has been planted to provide a variety of edible delights throughout the year. Looking full and great with vegetables being harvested, new potatoes, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, leaf beet and other newly planted vegetables

Gentleman’s Cottage Garden

This small garden was designed and built for the BBC television series, Geoff Hamilton’s Cottage Gardens. The Gentleman’s Cottage Garden demonstrates an ideal way to handle an area that is wider than it is deep. Looking gorgeous now are: Astrantia ‘Buckland’; Sanguisorba; Delphinium; Thalictrum ‘Black Stockings’; Argyranthemum; Osteospermum ‘Lady Leitrim’; Geraniums; and Roses

There’s plenty to see and do all year round at Barnsdale Gardens!

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