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Already late May and spring is almost behind us with flaming June fast approaching. The garden is still looking fresh and vibrant, the plants making good use of the available moisture.
The bearded irises are at their prime over the next couple of weeks and a real feature of the Gravel Garden in late May and early June. Lush foliage abounds in the moister areas of the Water and Woodland Gardens.
If you are unable to come along to the gardens our 2016 calendar is now available with lots of enticing pictures of the gardens throughout the year.
Solomon's seal flowering in the Woodland Garden (main picture), whilst the shady canal bed is a tapestry of foliage with flowers of forget-me-not and bog primulas.

Iris pallida susp. pallida

Worth growing for its beautiful foliage alone. Fans of broad-bladed grey leaves make a good accent all summer and well into autumn. Scented flowers with silk-textured crinkly petals in pale lavender-blue are a bonus in early summer. 61-91 cm.

Erysimum pulchellum

Erysimum pulchellum
Above a prostrate woody framework clothed in narrow green leaves stand short stems 15–25 cm of vivid lemon-yellow wallflowers, a delight for weeks in early summer. It spreads slowly, seeds too, weaving its way between border iris and origanum yet to come, at the dry sunny border edge.

Erysimum 'Ruston Royal'
A perennial wallflower forming an evergreen bush bearing spikes of light and dark mauve flowers with a long flowering season and benefits from regular dead heading. For full sun and a well drained soil. Height 70cm. Spread 50cm.
We have just released our 2016 calendar with a beautiful photo for each month of the year taken by one of our staff here at The Beth Chatto Gardens. They are available in the shop and on our website. 


A unique chance to hear the highly-regarded Colchester-based choir in the perfect setting of the Beth Chatto Gardens
Colchester Chamber Choir, directed by the international opera singer Roderick Earle and based in his home town, was set up just five years ago and has since become acknowledged as one of the leading a capella choirs in East Anglia. The group prides itself on supporting young singers who usually make up around a quarter of the 30 strong choir.
Their hour-long recital of a capella works, Beneath the Green Trees, hails the great outdoors with music inspired by nature by Dvořák (Songs of Nature), Mendelssohn (Songs to be Sung in the Open Air) and three gorgeous works by Saint-Saëns (Calme des nuits, Les fleurs et les arbres and Romance du soir), as well as some popular madrigals.
Says Director Roderick Earle: ‘This is a charming programme full of the delights of the countryside, guaranteed to send you away with a headful of cheerful tunes. We will take you on a journey through springtime and high summer, through the richness of harvest time and on to the hushed quiet at the end of the day, over mountains and through forests and adding a little local colour on the way!’
The recital will start at 7 pm, with access to the gardens from 5.30 pm. The event will  include exclusive access to the garden until 9 pm. Bookings will be taken in the tearoom for pre-concert suppers.

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