Cornwall is known for its fantastic gardens, such as The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Trebah and The Eden Project. We are tremendously proud of the gardens at Polpier and work hard to ensure their beauty – we like to think they could rival the more famous local gardens, whatever the season!
South Cornwall’s mild climate means something is always flourishing in our many flower beds packed with camellias, hydrangeas, azaleas, lavender, fuchsias and hebes.
In summer, the front lawn – the centrepiece of the garden – is surrounded by a variety of stunning blooms and is perfumed with the intoxicating fragrance of salmon pink Ali Baba climbing roses.
Beside the house is the heather rock garden with a granite bench so that you may sit and admire the goldfish pond (which is also much loved by frogs!). A path leads from here to the swimming pool, flanked by purple osteosperum tresco.
Below the path, for those who fancy a leisurely wander, is the terraced garden with winding pathways through cloud-pruned shrubs.
Here you will find another nook to rest and drink in the view. At the end of the terraced garden, is a natural bramble and raspberry area, left wild to encourage butterflies and bees to thrive.
These include hydrangea, ‘Mme Emile Mouillere’, with large white flower heads for dramatic arrangements. In summer, multi-coloured sweet peas waft a heady perfume. Please pick as many as you want. The flowers surround a specially commissioned sculpture by local artist David Paton – although one guest did think it was an ornate bird scarer!
There are plenty of other places to explore, most of which offer stunning views of the harbour and sea stretching to the horizon. Take your time, stroll and enjoy.