The herbaceous border is still looking great with Rudbeckia nitida, Agapanthus africanus, Silphium perfoliatum at their best. The rose garden has still many varieties in full bloom giving a beautiful display. The trellis garden has a diverse collection of Dahlias, Salvias and Fuchsias among others in bloom at present.
The vegetable garden is in full bounty with French Beans, Runner Beans, Spinach, Courgettes, Beetroot, Swiss Chard, Onions, Lettuce and globe Artichokes cropping extremely well. This wonderful produce is now been used in our new dog-friendly café, Paws at Ardgillan. So from garden to plate every day, it is hard to get fresher than that!
The herb garden and herbaceous border become butterfly gardens at this time of year. With the butterflies attracted to the flowers of the mint, oregano, garlic chives, and many others in the herb garden. The herbaceous border also has many plants that attract butterflies with the most popular being Verbena barneriennis. The end of August and the beginning of September is the best time to see butterflies. On a sunny day there are many different species present.