Harlow Carr in summer

This summer, relax by the Queen Mother's Lake, discover botanical treasures in the Alpine House, and enjoy our vibrant Streamside primulas

Primulas by the Streamside
The iconic Streamside is one of the longest streamside gardens in the country. It is home to many shade-loving plants such as hostas and ferns, but the undoubted stars are the thousands of dolly-mixture candelabra primulas, providing wonderful drifts of bright colour.  


Visitors in the Kitchen Garden
A family explores the burgeoning summer Kitchen Garden. Here, flowers like sunflowers rub shoulders with vegetables to create a pleasing area that's well worth exploring. If you're inspired and want to know more about growing your own fruit and vegetables, why not join one of our many practical workshops - you can find details by searching our Event Finder. 


The Scented GardenPause a while on the willow seat in the Scented Garden. Try to choose a warm, still day, when the specially chosen flowers and foliage - including Agastache ‘Liquorice Blue’, Lavandula angustifolia ‘Hidcote’ and Lilium martagon - will envelope you in fragrance.


Visitors walking in the arboretum
Head into the arboretum for a cool walk in the shade of specimen trees including beech, Sorbus and conifers. The meadow is alive with butterflies and bees thanks to its ever-changing display of ragged robin, knapweed and buttercups. 


Kniphofia 'Tawny King'
'We use Kniphofia as showstoppers and statement plants around the garden,' says Garden Manager Katherine Musgrove. Pictured is K. 'Tawny King', its orange pokers making a dramatic contrast with dark purple phlox on the main borders. 'They come up at all times of the year, but most from late summer onwards, adding a late splash of colour,' says Katherine.


Incarvillea flowerThe Alpine House is filled with colour and beauty. Admire orchid-like Roscoea, bright pink Dianthus and Erodium, violet-blue Platycodon (balloon flower) and, perhaps most exotic of all, Incarvillea (pictured). Which is your favourite?


Yorkshire Day fun in the garden
Why not combine your visit with one of our special events? There are plenty to choose from, including our second Flower Show (23 - 25 June), special late eveningsLive Music Sundays and Famous Five-themed holiday fun


The Main Borders in JuneThe Main Borders have so much to offer, with plants such as EryngiumAgastache and Veronicastrum supplying a bounty of colour in the summer.


Visitors relax by the lake

The area by the Queen Mother's Lake makes a lovely spot for a summer picnic. Keep an eye out for dragonflies and damselflies, waterfowl and waterlilies which enjoy the tranquility of the water. 


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