Vegetables and dahlias in August

Vegetables and dahlias in August

The Kitchen Garden is all about structure and colour. Wide gravel paths edged in York brick define rectangular borders in front of high boundary walls and enclose half-moon beds in the centre. A path runs down a central axis of wrought iron tunnels and arches. The central beds are planted with seasonal vegetables and annuals, while the perimeter borders host a mix of roses, shrubs and herbaceous plants in 'hot' colours.

Following the path of the sun, the colours ripen during the course of the day, from softer morning magentas, light blues and primrose yellows in the east-facing ‘Sunrise borders’ to brilliant reds, bright yellows and blazing oranges in the south-facing ‘Midday borders’ and, finally, burnt hues, golden yellows and dark purples in the west-facing ‘Sunset borders’. The shapes are more flamboyant and varied too: a succession of tulips, irises, roses, crocosmia, lilies, hemerocallis, helianthus, rudbeckias, dahlias and heleniums, against a backdrop of purple cotinus and heuchera foliage. Dotted throughout are tender salvias and cosmos which add softness to the dramatic display.

Kitchen Garden Highlights

Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
Tulips YES YES YES
Iris germanica YES YES YES
Species roses YES YES YES YES
Peonies YES YES YES YES
Aquilegias YES YES YES YES
Roses YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES
Clematis viticella YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES
Clematis orientalis YES YES YES YES
Lillies YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES
Dahlias YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES
Tender salvias YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES

An old iron gateway leads through a soft brick wall to the more subdued and formal elegance of

the South Garden