“In the 1896 edition of The Gardener’s Chronicle, this garden was noted to have ‘the finest herbaceous border in Britain’. In summer, its borders are once again bursting with heritage blooms and are a haven for an array of bees and butterflies.” [source: Heligan website]
The Sundial Garden is a secluded walled garden with wide herbaceous borders full of bright flowers and plants. And a central sundial of course. Several benches give you the opportunity to rest and relax – look at your phone or watch the bees and hoverflies heading for the nectar giving plants or quietly read a book, or write. I’m afraid I just simply sat and people watched for half an hour before taking photos of the lovely flowers and chatting to one of the gardeners. On this visit I made sure I had my camera equipment with me with spare battery and card after last time.
Yellow and purple spires seem to dominate the colour scheme in late summer, with the addition of yellow and orange red hot pokers (Kniphofia) and Helenium, blue (hardy geraniums and cornflowers), pale pink and white softening the borders and a vibrant red clump of Lobelia cardinalis shrieking for attention in one corner. And if anyone can ID those spires of purple plumes I would be very grateful. Agastache? Salvia?
Bees were undoubtedly attracted to the Physostegia virginiana, in turn attracting lots of photographers looking for that perfect bee image. Definitely a plant that will find its way into my garden next year.
As someone who is passionate about flowers this has to be my favourite part of the Lost Gardens of Heligan.