If you are a botanist at heart, then Cornwall has plenty of flora and fauna for you to enjoy. Species vary from hardy plants on the wild north coast, while the south coast’s milder climate is perfect for more delicately-formed plant life.
In springtime, the violet-hued native bluebells call from the woodlands and hedgerows where you will find fine carpets of them, often interspersed with the heady aroma of wild garlic. In rocky areas, the cliffs are dotted with pink thrift and campion, creating an unforgettably colourful vision. Heather and sphagnum also thrive on moorland.
Cornish palm trees make you realise how mild the climate is with its sub-tropical conditions in some towns, whereas more exposed parts will offer sweet coconut-scented gorse and golden broom.
Flowers from other countries, like South Africa, will grow in Cornwall, such as the African lily or agapanthus with large flowerheads and trumpet shaped flowers bobbing around on long, vibrant green stems.
Trebah Garden provides some wonderful information on the year in flower in colourful Cornwall.
Day in the life of head gardener at Lost Gardens of Heligan
Alasdair Moore joined the team at The Lost Gardens of Heligan back in 2018 as head of gardens and estate. After three years as the horticulture manager at Duchy of Cornwall Nursery, he began a new cha...
Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens
Dawn Robinson-Walsh explains why Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens in Penzance is a special place to visit A major attraction near Penzance is Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens. The land here was originally...
If you love Cornwall (of course you do) then you may want to buy some Cornish plants to take home for your own garden, recreating a little Cornish magic. Their suitability depends on the climate where...
Seeds To Attract Insects
Birds, bees, ladybirds and butterflies are beautiful, colourful and helpful. We all want them in our gardens, for they are fundamental to our biodiversity, and when we see them, we are enchanted. Othe...
Cornwall is blessed with some spectacular gardens due to its beautifully mild climate, so if you are a lover of floral displays, the county is perfect for you. If you crave iconic, then try the Lost G...
When Cornwall is in bloom, there is nowhere more magnificent. Colours from native wildflowers embellish the coastal path, and many inland areas, too, which accent the perfect blues of the sky/sea, or ...
The Eden Project, Bodelva
There is so much to say about this iconic place. It is not a cheap day out but it is superb and will be remembered. Described as ‘Jurassic Park without the dinosaurs’, take a trip to the world’s...
The Lost Gardens of Heligan
Like most places in Cornwall, The Lost Gardens of Heligan has a poignant story. If gardens are not your thing, the history might be, and the Rare Breed Farm is usually a big hit with the youngsters. T...