Perthshire Wildflowers

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I’m celebrating Scotland’s natural beauty today with its beautiful array of Perthshire wildflowers. For the earlier part of August the surrounding countryside has been painted with a lush display of  Scottish wildflowers.  As a consequence the hum of bees has never been far away.  Now as August ebbs away thistle down and the cottony seed heads from Rosebay willow herb literally fill the air. Furthermore blackberries are ripening and turning from claret to juicy black. While there are reddish hues appearing on the hawthorn berries and rosehips.  Here’s a selection of  some of our August wildflowers taken from my favourite wild and unspoilt places. Places where I feel so close to God.

Perthshire Wildflowers in August

Perthshire Wildflowers - Chamerion angustifolium
Rosebay Willowherb Chamerion angustifolium
It wouldn’t be a scene from Scotland without the vertical spires of purple pink Rosebay willowherb. Moreover it dominates the landscape with its drifts that stretch for metres. In addition there are the drifts of the thistle-like-flowers from the Common Knapweed and the Creeping thistles.
Centaurea nigra
Common Knapweed – Centaurea nigra Perthshire wildflowers


Cirsium vulgare
Creeping thistle – Cirsium vulgare Perthshire wildflowers


Myosotis laxa,Persicaria maculosa and Tripleurospermum inodorum
Forget me nots – Myosotis laxa, Redshank – Persicaria maculosa and Scentless Mayweed daisy  Tripleurospermum inodorum
Forget-me-nots, Redshank and drifts of Scentless Mayweed daisy flowers weave their way along the edges the fields.
Lupins growing wild
Colourful wild lupins (Lupinus perennis) paint a rainbow of colour along the hedgerows. They contrast so well against the golden fields of ripening barley.
Meconopsis cambrica var aurantiaca
Field poppies Meconopsis cambrica var aurantiaca
Along with little splashes of orange from the delicate looking field poppies.
Perthshire wildflowers teasel with a bee
Teasel – Dipsacus fullonum


While in my own garden this year I introduced a few rich nectar biennial Teasel plants. It’s another of my UK garden worthy natives. Hopefully as their offspring colonize over the years.They’ll look very architectural with their sharp spines and prickly leaves. As a result they’ll contrast with the cone shaped flowers from the Hydrangea paniculata Limelight at the back of the border.

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22 Responses


    Beautiful images as always. Your country has the most beautiful wild flowers. Many are the same as here in Western New York, but your fields out do us with the lupines and poppies. The insects must be very appreciative.

  2. FlowerLady

    What wonderful photos of your native wildflowers. I would feel very close to God walking around in that countryside too.


  3. One

    Your wildflowers are very beautiful indeed. My favourite is the wild lupins. That shot is simply gorgeous!

  4. Rose

    Such beautiful photos, Rosie! Your post makes me want to book a flight for a tour of the Scottish countryside.

  5. Gail

    Rosie, I dream of walking Scottish fields and seeing your wildflowers in bloom! The pink Rosebay is lovely. Love that you are planting few rich nectar plants for the bees and other pollinators. Have a good day. gail

  6. Gerry Snape

    lovely lovely photos!…I can't help but grow wild flowers they spread easily…in fact too easily but I find it hard to uproot the seedlings and then it's too late so I just enjoy the untidy look to it all!

  7. tyziana

    Wonderful wonderful post!!
    your blog is amazing and I am increasingly delighted by your photos!
    How many ideas for a cottage garden!
    Beautiful lights!!

  8. Ellie

    I really love wild flowers, so colourful and your pictures are really good (as usual).

  9. Curbstone Valley Farm

    Here, except for the thistles, the wildflowers are all but gone for the season, and much of the landscape is turning brown. We do share the Cirsium vulgare in common at the moment though (although it's not native here). I love the almost ethereal pink haze from the Chamerion behind the Centaurea. They're both lovely, and I can just imagine how much they'd delight the bees this time of year.

  10. Your Gardening Friend

    I love all the open fields of flowers in many of your photos. And the Common Knapweed is beautiful. I'm not sure if I've seen that flower before.

    I love being surrounded by all the sights and sounds of nature, sitting on my covered porch. 🙂

  11. ann

    I love Scotland. I'd love to just walk the fields. While we were there, we walked the streets, climbed the stairs to Edinburgh Castle, and roamed the Botanical Gardens. Your pictures are just beautiful.

  12. Andrea

    You mean the lupines are considered wild? I've seen them once only in Turkey and the different colors are amazing. Yes i found them too beside the railway tracks, how beautiful, then found some grape hyacinth in Turkey which i thought are also lupines. haha. I really love your lens! We don't seem to have as many colorful wildflowers as the cold climes.

  13. Melanie

    Such lovely ethereal photos Rosie. We too have the plant in the first photo growing wild, although we call it Epilobium angustifolium AKA fireweed I think they are both valid names Botanically speaking 🙂 We also have Lupins growing wild, Lupinus artcticus, especially at higher elevations. It has blue flowers. The other plants except teasel are hardy here but don't grow wild.

  14. catharine Howard

    Rosie I have just got back from Scotland and find myself deeply and viscerally attracted to the wildness, the colours and above all the wild flowers.

  15. Jayne

    Wonderful photos Rosie. I love the thistles. It reminded of an early embroidery project I did that featured a thistle very like those.

  16. Alistair

    Rosie, the images which you have taken of your part of Scotland would encourage any prospective visitor to our part of the world.

  17. Bom

    Beautiful wildflowers, Rosie! So much color and I really like the lupins.

  18. Carol

    My family left Scotland when I was 8 to emigrate to Australia. One thing I remember clearly were the wild lupines growing along the road near where we lived. I never knew until recently what they were. So lovely to see your photos.