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What to see at Exbury - 14th June

Every week the staff here at Exbury will be compiling their must-sees in the gardens, focusing on different areas or seasonal plants. We hope that you will be able to use this as a snappy guide when visiting and that our favourite viewpoints, blooms and garden features might become your favourites too.

Focus 14th June: Herbaceous Garden, Top Pond, Centenary Garden, late-flowering rhododendrons and Iris Garden

1. The start of summer flowering in the Herbaceous Garden

Herbaceous Garden peonies and bench | Summer gardens | Exbury Gardens | New Forest, Hampshire
The Herbaceous Garden is coming to life! This summer garden is brimming with many different varieties of peony, all blooming at the moment. Other fantastic plants are also beginning to flower in our large herbaceous borders including flag irises, Knipfofia (red hot pokers) and foxgloves.

Herbaceous Garden peony and Dames Rocket | Summer gardens | Exbury Gardens | New Forest, Hampshire Herbaceous Garden Euryops | Summer gardens | Exbury Gardens | New Forest, Hampshire Herbaceous Garden pink peonies | Summer gardens | Exbury Gardens | New Forest, Hampshire Herbaceous Garden view in June | Summer gardens | Exbury Gardens | New Forest, Hampshire Herbaceous Garden peonies and kniphofia | Summer gardens | Exbury Gardens | New Forest, Hampshire Herbaceous Garden yellow flag irises | Summer gardens | Exbury Gardens | New Forest, Hampshire Herbaceous Garden peonies | Summer gardens | Exbury Gardens | New Forest, Hampshire Herbaceous Garden view | Summer gardens | Exbury Gardens | New Forest, Hampshire

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2. A collection of interesting plants to take in at Top Pond 

There's lots to see around Top Pond at the moment, and that's beside the playful (and hungry) fish!

#1 Graceful white wisteria

First, there's the beautiful white wisterias around the edge of the pond itself. Their scent is absolutely delectable and they look so delicate by the side of the water.

White wisteria | Summer gardens | Exbury Gardens | New Forest, Hampshire White wisteria by Top Pond | Summer gardens | Exbury Gardens | New Forest, Hampshire White wisteria looking up | Summer gardens | Exbury Gardens | New Forest, Hampshire

#2 Magnificent Copper beech

An exquisite specimen of Copper beech (Fagus sylvatica 'purpurea') overhangs Top Pond, creating these absolutely stunning reflections in the water.

Copper Beech reflections in Top Pond - Fagus sylvatica 'purpurea' - Summer Gardens - Exbury Gardens - New Forest, Hampshire

#3 Flowering dogwoods

A number of flowering dogwoods are blooming around Top Pond at the moment, varieties include the pink Cornus florida rubra and two Cornus kousa, the star-shaped one named 'Milky Way'.

Cornus kousa milky way | flowering dogwood | Exbury Gardens | New Forest, Hampshire Cornus florida rubra | flowering dogwood | Exbury Gardens | New Forest, Hampshire Cornus kousa | flowering dogwood | Exbury Gardens | New Forest, Hampshire

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3. A feast for the senses in the Centenary Garden

Centenary Garden view | Exbury Gardens | New Forest, Hampshire
It's always surprising to see the Centenary Garden spring to life from its humble start to the year to these beautiful scenes in June. Now in its third year open to the public, the Centenary Garden is quite the feast for the senses: There are ornamental grasses that sway with the wind, beautiful flowers with fantastic scents and architectural details to the symmetrical design that are just immediately satisfying. 

Centenary Garden white roses | Summer gardens | Exbury Gardens | New Forest, Hampshire Centenary Garden purple flowers | Summer gardens | Exbury Gardens | New Forest, Hampshire Centenary Garden stone circle | Summer gardens | Exbury Gardens | New Forest, Hampshire

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4. Late-flowering rhododendrons

Some of our later-flowering rhododendrons are blooming beautifully at the moment, with white, red and pink varieties still emerging. With the recent warm weather, we do anticipate the rhododendrons not lasting too much longer, so visit now to see them this year!

Rhododendron late-flowering | Rhododendron Garden | Exbury Gardens | New Forest, Hampshire Late flowering white rhododendron | Exbury Gardens | New Forest | Hampshire Rhododendron red buds | Rhododendron Garden | Exbury Gardens | New Forest, Hampshire Rhododendron light pink late flowering | Rhododendron Garden | Exbury Gardens | New Forest, Hampshire

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5. The tranquil Iris Garden

Purple irises | Iris Garden | Summer gardens | Exbury Gardens | New Forest, Hampshire
Our Iris Garden was revamped a couple of years ago and has really some into its own this year! We have a beautiful array of irises and Arum-lily's around the edge of a small pond, in a beautifully-situated shaded valley - these photographs really don't do this garden justice. Now is definitely a great time to schedule a break in this area on one of the oak benches, watching the dragonflies enjoying themselves.

Iris Garden in summer at Exbury Gardens, New Forest, Hampshire Arrum-lily in the Iris Garden at Exbury Gardens, New Forest, Hampshire

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Would you like to experience the changing seasons at Exbury this year?

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‘We recently had some friends from London to visit and were looking for something to entertain our young children for the day. We decided to give Exbury Gardens a try and I thought it was wonderful. We had Sunday lunch in the restaurant and the food was far superior to other local attractions so compliments to the chef. Walking through the gardens was beautiful with lots of little pathways to explore. I have lived in the Romsey area for many years and always thought Exbury was a little out of the way but it only took me 20 minutes from the motorway. We will definitely be a regular visitor from now on.’

Philip Moulds, New Forest

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