Garden Portrait: Broughton House and Gardens

Broughton House stands on the north west side of Kirkcudbright’s attractive High Street not far from the town’s harbour and Maclellan’s Castle. The house and its extensive garden are cared for by the National Trust for Scotland and the house is of particular interest because it was purchased by the noted artist E A Hornel (one of the Glasgow Boys) in 1901 and served as his home, studio, gallery and library until his death in 1933. To its rear the remarkably large garden for such an urban setting includes the original gardens of Nos. 10 and 12 High Street, together with half of what was originally No. 14’s garden. Divided into several ‘rooms’ it seems much larger than it actually is. Source: Undiscovered Scotland

On a lovely sunny day we went to have a look at the garden. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did:


Pathways lead in all directions once you step through the garden gate.

with water features all around, often simple hollowed out stones

Lots of colour

a magnificent miniature glasshouse

full of fuchsias, pelargoiums and a magnificent bottle-brush

and swathes of summer flowers like these astrantias and almost black irises



The lovely writing shed surrounded by irises and hostas


and beautiful pink astrantias and deep red hardy fuchsias


 A wonderful town-house garden.

11 thoughts on “Garden Portrait: Broughton House and Gardens

    • Thanks Aletta. It is absolutely crammed with plants so although small, it can take a while to wander around it. Well, it takes me a while anyway 🙂

  1. On the third day of my incarceration with a disgusting cold, a day when both my means of blogging seized up, you post me a garden and suddenly life glows. I loved the pathways, and your lovely signature tilt (I straightened it to see what would happen and the tilt was so right.) I like the idea of a garden with rooms, and the richness and detail of the flower shots, although I was made a bit homesick by the bottlebrush (I have one hanging over my back deck at Potato Point.) The writing shed reminds me of my study cubby in my parents’ garden, built from leftovers of my great uncle’s house when it was demolished. And is that really what Scottish flowerpots look like? I can’t wait to see the garden you shape when you move to a house.

    • Oh, thank you Meg, such a lovely welcoming comment! Though sorry to make you slightly homesick…
      The flowerpots are terracotta and I used a coloured pencil effect on them just because, well terracotta pots are quite common, but I love them, and I love them when they are piled together like this! So I went for an arty effect. You might like this post too with pots:

      Your previous comment about MY garden has made me think about compiling a post about my garden – teeny as it is, and the flowers I grow in it. Watch this space 🙂

    • VERY green! Obviously they have as much rain as Wales does, so lush! But so much crammed into a smallish space it took a while to process it all. I’d love a garden like this, but need double my budget 😦

      Still, I get a lot of enjoyment, without the work, from visiting.

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