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Garden Visit to Trematon Castle

August 6, 2015

A visit to the romantic garden at Trematon Castle in Saltash Cornwall, created five years ago by Julian and Isobel Bannerman, was a most wonderful holiday treat.  Stepping out of the front door of the 19th century house an opulent double-banked border greets the senses frothing with mop-headed Hydrangeas, Lilies, Thalictrum, Roses, Peonies, Campanulas, Alchemilla mollis and much more …


Sweetpeas clambering through rustic hazel supports line a walk to the base of the gatehouse …DSCN5089

Huge terracotta planters full of scented geraniums added to the romance…DSCN5082

The Indian pool with its amazing fret work panels provides a dramatic space for the Bannerman family and friends to relax in …



And from the terrace at the back of the house spectacular views of the River Tamar show a landscape that will have changed little since the Conquest. It allows you to imagine visits from Edward the Black Prince, he stayed in the gatehouse, and Drake who stowed his gold in the keep …DSCN5085


It’s a garden to see throughout the seasons with bulbs and wild flowers starting in Spring with the orchard full of blossom and buzzing bees. Sumptuous roses bloom in mid-summer with many flowering through till September mingling with herbaceous plants in the huge and luscious borders.

The garden is open thursday, friday and saturday 11.00am -4.30pm April until end of September. 

It was awe-inspiring especially since I came back home to a rather colourless garden which made me value the Bannerman’s design and gardening skills even more.  It prompted a four-hour session here cutting back, dead-heading, lifting and dividing herbaceous plants followed by a thorough watering session. I also did some in-fill planting with several pots of Gaura ‘The Bride’ planted in the sunniest bed.

On the allotment this lovely pumpkin ‘ Crown Prince’ cheered me up as did lots of climbing purple French beans…DSCN5112

In the cutting beds coriander is in flower with its delicate foliage and scent…


and is mingling prettily with Nigella damascena ‘ Double White’ …


The cut flowers this week are Hydrangea ‘Emile Mouillere’ with Sedum ‘Autumn Glory’…


10 Comments leave one →
  1. Ruth permalink
    August 6, 2015 9:16 am

    I live in Plymouth and didn’t know about this garden, so thank you it’s going on my to do list

  2. August 6, 2015 9:23 am

    Hi Ruth
    It’s a really romantic garden and the Bannermans are extraordinary designers. The garden before this one was Hanham Court in Bristol and I visited regularly for inspiration.

  3. August 7, 2015 7:01 am

    What a beautiful garden, and one I’d not heard of before nor Hanham Court despite living so close to Bristol. So thank you for bringing the Bannermans to my attention, I can see their gardens will be inspiring.

  4. August 7, 2015 8:20 am

    Truly inspiring and they garden on a similar scale to you.

  5. August 8, 2015 6:20 am

    It is always lovely to see a large private garden. I love seeing all the NT and RHS gardens but there is something really special about a garden developed and being gardened for private use.

  6. August 8, 2015 12:52 pm

    Yes i agree and the Bannermans combine huge style with exceptional horticultural knowledge.

  7. August 12, 2015 10:52 am

    Fancy having a sweet pea walk! Now there’s a lovely idea (and a lot of deadheading!) There’s always so much inspiration to be gleaned from a good garden visit. I felt the same having visited Bury Court Barn where the walled garden was originally planted by Piet Oudolf. It’s a glorious sight that really demonstrated what can be done as summer turns to autumn. Your photos have inspired me to put my scented geranium cuttings into a pot with other herbs – the Bannerman’s pot looks gorgeous!

  8. August 12, 2015 11:53 am

    Hi Caro

    Yes there’s always something new and inspiring to be picked up when visiting great gardens. I will be blogging an Oudolf garden next !!

  9. August 16, 2015 8:56 am

    Great garden, great walk, great photos, great details, great plants. There I have said it all–I’m not too creative this morning–but I did thoroughly enjoy your presentation!

    • August 16, 2015 1:06 pm

      Thank you . It’s well worth a visit if you are near Plymouth and the garden has something to offer every season.

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