Across Devon, you’ll find an abundance of native plants and flowers to enjoy some foraging, wildflower spotting, and just some moments spent in nature. When you join us at The Mole you’ll be in the perfect location to enjoy the rest of spectacular North Devon and truly get to appreciate the abundant sunshine and summer feelings.
Sunny North Devon is home to an abundance of truly breathtaking sights. From coast to countryside you’ll find something that takes your breath away in Devon, especially in the Summer. The flowers that bloom in Devon are truly gorgeous with meadows, fields and forest scapes abundant in natural beauty.
Known for its aromatic scent and beautiful purple flowers, English Lavender typically starts blooming in late spring and continues into summer. Lavender flowers are known for their distinct smell and relaxing properties. Lavender commonly attracts bees and butterflies, adding gorgeous new life to gardens and landscapes.
You’ll know a foxglove by their tall spires and bell-shaped flowers. Foxgloves are a common sight in North Devon during the summer. They come in various shades of pink, purple, and white and are favoured by pollinators like bees and hummingbirds. Foxgloves don’t really have a scent and so are mostly noticeable by their look.
Roses are renowned for their elegance and fragrance, a staple of most English countrysides. During the summer months, gardens in North Devon burst with a variety of blooming roses that feature hybrid teas, climbers, and shrub roses. The vibrant colours and captivating scents create a sight to behold across Devon and across the country.
These charming wildflowers feature delicate, blue petals and a prominent dark centre. Cornflowers are often seen growing in meadows and along roadsides in North Devon, providing a lovely, vibrant pop of colour during the summer months. Their scent is very subtle, slightly sweet and delicately light, so you’ll likely find conflowers by their vibrant blue pop opposed to their smell.
Meadowsweet is a tall perennial wildflower with clusters of small, creamy-white flowers. One of the joys of Summer in Devon is spotting the sweet little flowers thriving in the damp meadows, roadside ditches, and along the riverbanks. With so many locations to explore, you'll have ample opportunities to appreciate the beauty of the flowers cropping up in Devon this Summer. Additionally, the flowers of Meadowsweet are sometimes used in wine, beer and vinegar, or to give jams a subtle almond flavour. Look for their feathery foliage and breathe deeply for their sweet fragrance.
Much taller than a regular daisy but still recognisable by their distinctive white petals and bright yellow centres, the Oxeye daisy is a familiar sight in meadows and grassy areas all over Devon. Its tall stems sway in the summer breeze, attracting bees and butterflies, creating a charming and welcome glimpse of white in the midst of luscious green.
Common knapweed is a wildflower found across Devon and the UK with purple-pink, thistle-like flowers recognised by their fuscia tops. The common knapweed prefers dry grasslands and roadsides, and you’ll also find it dotted across the windy coastal cliffs. This nectar-rich plant is known to attract various pollinators, including butterflies and bees.
The vibrant red petals of the common poppy create a striking contrast against green fields and meadows. This annual wildflower prefers sunny locations, and you may find it in agricultural areas, roadside verges, and disturbed soil.
Sea thrift, also known as sea pink, is a low-growing perennial with clusters of pink, lavender or sometimes white flowers. It thrives in coastal habitats, particularly on rocky cliffs and sandy shores, so you’ll certainly find them popping up all over Devon this Summer. It’s a charming little flower with long thin stems and fluffy tops, noticeable by a distinct honey-like smell.
Red campion is another delightful woodland wildflower with delicate pink or magenta flowers. It can be found in shady areas, such as woodland edges, hedgerows, and along footpaths and can be identified by the delicate fanned out leaves. When spotting the Red Campion the wildflower has no scent so be sure to look for its slender stems. According to folklore, Red Campion flowers have a historical significance in safeguarding bees' honey stores and hiding fairies from being detected.
Another charming summer bloom, the Viper's Bugloss is a tall, bristly plant with striking blue or purple flowers. You’ll find the Viper’s Bugloss in dry grasslands, coastal cliffs, and sandy soils. The plant gets its name from its stem which is thought to resemble a viper. The plant is also a valuable addition to the ecosystem, providing food for Buff-tailed and Red-tailed Bumblebees, Honeybees and Red Mason Bees.
The Common Sorrel is a herbaceous plant with distinctive arrow-shaped leaves and clusters of reddish-green flowers. It thrives in grassy areas, including meadows, heaths, and open woodlands. The Common Sorrel is a popular foraging plant around Devon and is known for its acidic taste, which makes it a popular ingredient in salads and soups. Throughout May and June.
Join Us At The Mole Resort
The Mole Resort is the perfect foundation location to enjoy the rest of Devon and make the most of the UK sunshine this Summer. Experience the breathtaking beauty of Exmoor and Dartmoor from one of our amazing eco-friendly lodges. Or, if you're looking for a sensational summer staycation, book a room at our hotel for an unforgettable experience. Embrace nature and relish the stunning views – we promise an escape like no other, perfect for friends, families and loved-up couples.