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Our horticulturist Catherine talks through some of the botanical wonders in the garden.

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What to look for in June

Rainforest Biome

The spices of life can be enjoyed in the steamy rainforest this month, as many members of the ginger family are flowering. Zingiber officinale is the source of the pungent, aromatic spice, ginger, produced from the rhizome, or underground stem of the plant. Another member of the family, Curcuma longa, commonly known as turmeric, is now thought to be the healthiest spice on earth, and don’t miss the beautiful, ornamental torch ginger, whose flower buds can also be eaten.

The Rainforest Canopy Walkway will take you up to see the wonderful orchids, Oncidium sphacelatum – bright yellow flowers with brown markings. Amongst the tropical crops, you will find the distinctive, warty gourd, Momordica charantia, used young in salads or juiced. 

Mediterranean Biome

Beautiful brugmansias, with their huge pendant, trumpet-shaped flowers, greet visitors to the Biome this month, along with the stunning king protea, Protea cynaroides and the bird of paradise, Strelitzia reginae.

Cheerful sunflowers return to transport us to the sun-kissed fields of Tuscany – this season you will see the popular little, single yellow ‘F1 Junior’.

Colourful wildflowers adorn California and Western Australia – here you will find a tapestry of ‘everlasting flowers’, including Rhodanthe and Schoenia. Bright yellow lupins light up the Roman Garden – source of the lupini bean.

Outdoor gardens

A succession of bursting buds and flowers of every shape and hue herald the arrival of June, and throughout long, balmy days you can enjoy the aromatic Nepeta ‘Six Hills Giant’ in Pollination, and varieties of lupin, Delphinium and Zantedeschia across the gardens.

Primulas decorate Myth and Folklore, while spiky Puyas send up their magnificent inflorescences in the Outdoor Med. Elsewhere in the gardens, Alstroemeria, Astrantia and hostas, display their blooms along with the towering Eremurus x isabellinus.

In the Outer Estate, the Chilean lantern tree, Crinodendron hookerianum, is flowering in Wild Chile, with vivid crimson blooms, hanging in profusion along its branches. Later in the month, the Chilean fire bush, Embothrium coccinem, takes centre stage in this little corner of South America.