New parterre borders on the themes of air, earth, fire and water will be ablaze with crocosmia, kniphofia, hedychium and other unusual perennials. These are set off with a variety of dwarf hedging, as alternatives to box is trialled. The garden frames stunning views out to sea. Kellie Castle (National Trust for Scotland): This superb garden, around 400 years old, was sympathetically restored by the Lorimer family in the late 19th century. The Arts and Crafts style garden has a selection of old-fashioned roses and herbaceous plants, cultivated organically, and hosts an amazing 30 varieties of rhubarb and 75 different types of apple.
Over half of the gardens are taking part to support open garden charity Scotland’s Gardens Scheme which raises money for hundreds of local charities.