Spring plant highlights

Our expert horticulturist, Shirley Walker, has these suggestions of what to spot at Eden this spring.

Outdoor Gardens

Cornwall has an international reputation for the beauty of its spring gardens, and Eden is no exception. Wander through the Outdoor Gardens on a fresh spring day and enjoy British wildflowers at their best, in our Wild Cornwall, and Myth and Folklore exhibits. Bluebells, primroses, violets and campions all vie for your attention, followed by majestic foxgloves and other wildflowers from May to June.

Don’t miss the blossoming fruit trees and the beautiful ornamentals in the Japanese Swale behind the Core, and many other spring flowering shrubs across the gardens. In June, the strange but beautiful Dragon Arum, Dracunculus vulgaris, smells like rotting flesh, but you can’t help being stopped in your tracks by these unique black and purple flowers.

Mediterranean Biome

Hot on the heels of our vibrant tulip display in the Mediterranean Biome come the exotic Persian buttercups, Ranunculus asiaticus – a stunning collection of showy blooms in shades of deepest pink, purple, red, yellow and orange – bred from wild forms found in the eastern Mediterranean and parts of Asia, and used as ornamentals and cut flowers.

Our beautiful Madeira Cranesbill, Geranium maderense, also begins flowering this month, and if you have ever visited the Mediterranean region at this time of year, you will recognise the evocative scent of Citrus blossom, rising on the warm air. May sees the return of the Bird of Paradise flowers, Strelitzia reginae – always a great favourite with our visitors. 

Rainforest Biome

Venture into the steamy jungles of the Rainforest Biome in April and you will be well rewarded. Native to the tropical forests of the Philippines, the stunning Jade Vine, Strongylodon macrobotrys, is in bloom, with its pendant trusses of turquoise, claw-shaped flowers – a sight not to be missed! June is the month when the rainforest literally goes ‘bananas’, with many exciting varieties coming into flower and fruit.

Outer estate

Take a time this spring to explore the many pleasures of our outer estate, where the heady scents of blackthorn and hawthorn hang heavy in the air. In our Wild Chile exhibit, the Berberis darwinii is ‘on fire’ with orange blooms, and new life is bursting forth all around you.

Summer highlights

  • Herbaceous borders beside The Core building look their best in early summer.
  • Wild flowers, roses, dahlias, sweet peas and day lilies take off from mid-June.
  • Swathes of lavender begin to flower in mid-July.
  • In August wild flowers lead you down the Zig Zag Path to the spectacular white borders lining the Grand Staircase.

Autumn highlights

  • It's harvest time across the site, with displays of fruit and vegetables. Find out about our Harvest Festival.
  • Check our events calendar for seasonal demonstrations like apple pressing.

Winter highlights

  • Anemones provide a splash of welcome colour.
  • Hanging baskets drip with winter vegetables.
  • As dusk falls, the gardens transform into a sparkling winter wonderland, our trees laden with twinkling lights.