Head Gardener’s June Highlights at Batsford Arboretum

Common spotted orchids (Dactylorhiza fuchsia) are currently flowering in the wildflower area surrounding our ‘Daphne’ statue. They are also plentiful in the wildflower meadow in our new area – Seven Leys – along with oxe-eye daisies.

Candelabra Primulas in a mixture of pink, red and yellow flowers are dotted along the edges of the stream and to the sides of the red bridges.

It’s worth sniffing out the scented flowers of Philadelphus this month which are dotted around the arboretum. Deutzia will also be in flower with a wide range of pink to pure white flowers.

Although lacking in scent, Deutzia taiwanensis is still pretty to look out for with its white flowers; this can be found along ‘Her Ladyships Walk’, the entrance path into the arboretum.

Ornamental flowering dogwoods are not to be missed; Cornus ‘Norman Hadden’ and Cornus ‘Porlock’ – flowerheads grow to 8cm in width, with four ovate white bracts which turn pink with age. Both are covered in bracts which makes for an impressive sight and can be found to the lower front of the Rest House, by Lord Dulverton and Ken Hope’s memorial benches. Cornus kousa ‘John Slocock’ has fine bracts which can be found near the Anne Frank tree.

English shrub roses can often be found flowering around the arboretum, worth looking out for is Rosa Wild Edric which has semi-double velvety rich pink flowers and often continues flowering over the summer.

cornus kousa