Drumlanrig Castle Gardens

You’ll enjoy Drumlanrig Castle Gardens whether you’re an avid gardener or a complete novice when it comes to horticulture. Open daily from 10 am to 5pm throughout the season, the lovingly tended 40 acres offer both inspiration and relaxation to everyone. And the garden’s colourful heritage and rich diversity are almost as inspiring as the sights and smells of the plants themselves.

March Helleborus orientalis purple_Lenten Rose_taken from Google images

Perfect for early spring colour, our March plant of the month is Helleborus orientalis purple “Lenten rose”.

This clump forming perennial with cup shaped clusters of flowers blooms in late winter to early spring. An ideal woodland garden plant, it prefers moist, free draining soil. Remember to remove leaves in spring to allow fresh buds to form.

A wander around the gardens this month will ensure you’ve picked the perfect time to see this beautiful plant at its best.

Plus a new path and double border have recently been created by the gardens team to enhance the old tennis court area and open up views on to the existing gardens. The lawns and new mixed shrub and herbaceous borders now provide a scenic location for private events. The new double border is planted with contrasting foliage and flowering shrubs and climbers to give structure, colour and scent as well as seasonal interest. The shrubs and trees are underplanted with a variety of perennials and spring bulbs extend the colour and interest further.

As you stroll through the formal gardens you can’t help but admire the 183m Long Terrace Walk – along a magnificent stone balustrade that’s famous for growing tender climbing plants.

You can marvel at the restored Victorian glasshouses and the distinctive Heather Houses. Modern additions to the gardens have included a rambling Woodland Garden and magnificent Rhododendron collection. You can even recreate a little piece of the gardens at home with a plant purchase from the gift shop.

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