Wisley in summer

Wisley is awash with colour in summer, especially in the Bowes-Lyon Rose Garden and iconic Mixed Borders.

The Country Garden
With its bright plantings, scents and sound of falling water, the Cottage Garden (formerly known as the Country Garden) is a sensual treat. Rosa Wild Thing ‘Jactoose’, Geranium Rozanne ‘Gerwat’ and lavender make an impact in shades of pink and amethyst, while the oat-like heads of Stipa gigantea give airy height. 

Woman looking at blooms in the Glasshouse
Entering the Glasshouse is like walking into a jungle - tree ferns, tall palms, lush-leaved creepers and dazzling flower displays give a feeling of lushness and drama. Temporary displays for summer include pelargoniums (until 11 June) and fuchsias (24 June – 20 August), plus look out for the special '10 of the best' displays to celebrate the Glasshouse's 10th birthday. 

For pure inspiration you can’t beat the Bowes-Lyon Rose Garden. Along the paths, enjoy the variety of herbaceous perennials that are planted in perfect harmony alongside the roses.

Zinnia Profusion Coral Pink
Visit the Trials Field to see which plants are being assessed by the RHS Trials team for the RHS Award of Garden Merit (AGM). You can even vote for your favourite - the 2018 People's Choice vote will focus on Marigolds. 

The Glasshouse landscape

Explore the contemporary, sweeping Glasshouse Landscape featuring free-flowing beds with a wide range of herbaceous plants. The green and lush scheme becomes more dry and arid towards the west, culminating in two prairie meadows laid out by Professor James Hitchmough. 

Wisley’s famous double Mixed Borders run either side of the Broadwalk, on the slope leading up to Battleston Hill. They are a 128m-long horticultural wonder, bringing bold colour and texture from late spring to autumn, but reaching a peak in July and August. 

Battleston Hill in June
Explore the woodland world on Battleston Hill, where the hot colours of late rhododendrons are tempered by cool, calming Solomon’s seal and luxuriant hostas.

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