It always pays to visit public gardens if you’re looking into Flintshire garden design at the moment – and a little day trip to Edinburgh could be on the cards in the near future if you want some fresh ideas for your own landscaping.

The Royal Collection Trust – which manages the public opening of the Queen’s official residences – has announced that a new public garden at the Palace of Holyroodhouse is to be set up, inspired by the old 17th century physic garden that was once in evidence within the grounds.

The original garden itself was set up to teach people about the medicinal properties of plants, as well as providing pharmacists with lots of fresh materials. It was also the second botanic garden to be created in Britain.

The new garden will have lots of beautiful raised flowerbeds all laid out in a stunning geometric pattern to reflect the design of early botanic gardens, with exotic and indigenous medicinal plants that would have been included back in the 17th century to be a feature. These include feverfew (thought to reduce fever), birthwort (thought to assist with childbirth) and scurvy grass (which sailors used as a remedy after long journeys).

“The return of scientific gardening to the place of its birth in Scotland will provide a new focus of interest for visitors to the Palace, for the local community, and especially, we hope, for young people,” director of the trust Jonathan Marsden said.

While at Holyroodhouse, why not check out the new exhibition in The Queen’s Gallery as well? This features all sorts of beautiful watercolour paintings of the natural world, featuring the works of artist and scientist Maria Sibylla Merian.