Blooming England

With the summer landscape bursting with blooms, there’s inspiration in spade-loads for flower lovers this season. If you’ve got a passion for petals, take a look at our suggestions of where to see summer flowers. We love to fall under the spell of a splash of crimson poppies or succumb to the profusion of perfume and life, the gentle refrain of bees and birdsong. From sun-kissed walks through wildflower meadows and cliff-top rambles scented by honey-sweet gorse to rambling cottages clad with voluminous roses and country gardens billowing with colour, now’s the time to get out and witness nature at its zenith.

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Explore a palace of the Modern Magician at Cragside

Explore a palace of the Modern Magician at Cragside

Enter the world of Victorian inventor, innovator and landscape genius, Lord Armstrong.

Location: Rothbury, Northumberland

Castles and Historic Properties
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Uncover a political scandal at Cliveden House

Uncover a political scandal at Cliveden House

Pay a visit to the stately home in Buckinghamshire where John Profumo met Christine Keeler.

Location: Taplow, Buckinghamshire

Castles and Historic Properties
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Lose yourself in England’s hottest garden

Lose yourself in England’s hottest garden

Experience the Isle of Wight’s incredible microclimate first hand with a startling subtropical and exotic plant collection at Ventnor Botanic Gardens.

Location: Ventnor, Isle of Wight

Gardens and Parks
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Elegance and nature at University of Leicester’s Botanic Garden

Elegance and nature at University of Leicester’s Botanic Garden

See how The University of Leicester’s Botanic Garden enhances the beauty of an already breath-taking place, with its annual ‘Sculpture in the Garden’ exhibition.

Location: Oadby, Leicestershire

Outdoor art and sculpture
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Walk among the mass of colours at Bowood's gardens

Walk among the mass of colours at Bowood's gardens

Bowood House offers vistas of colour and beauty covering over 60 acres.

Location: Chippenham, Wiltshire

Countryside
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Take a stroll around Shearwater Lake on the Longleat Estate

Take a stroll around Shearwater Lake on the Longleat Estate

Enjoy the sights and blooms of the Longleat Estate.

Location: Warminster, Wiltshire

Walking and hiking
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Explore the Secret Valley

Explore the Secret Valley

Rannerdale lies between the smaller lakes of Buttermere and Loweswater, a true hidden gem in a place brimming with atmosphere and local legend.

Location: Buttermere, Cumbria

Walking and hiking
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Explore the picturesque Mottisfont House and Garden

Explore the picturesque Mottisfont House and Garden

What’s better than a summer’s stroll amid ancient trees and rolling lawns? Enjoy the splendour of one of Hampshire’s greatest country houses –Mottisfont.

Location: Test Valley, Hampshire

Castles and Historic Properties
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A botanical treasure trove on the Jurassic Coast

A botanical treasure trove on the Jurassic Coast

Chelsea Flower Show winning Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens are filled with rare and exotic plants from all over the world.

Location: Abbotsbury, Dorset

Picturesque places
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Visit the hidden hedged gardens of Hill Close Gardens

Visit the hidden hedged gardens of Hill Close Gardens

See the rare survivals of Victorian gardens, which were used by townsfolk who wanted to an escape from the busy town centre.

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

Gardens and Parks
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See flowers in bloom at Jessamine Cottage Gardens

See flowers in bloom at Jessamine Cottage Gardens

Jessamine Garden is a taste of New Zealand country gardens brought right to the heart of rural Shropshire.

Location: Shrewsbury, Shropshire

Gardens and Parks
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See the gardens in bloom in Bournemouth

See the gardens in bloom in Bournemouth

Head down to Bournemouth to see the extensive collection of gardens and enjoy the wide range of facilities on offer.

Location: Bournemouth, Dorset

City parks
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See beautiful blooms at Howick Gardens and Arboretum

See beautiful blooms at Howick Gardens and Arboretum

Rated by BBC Gardener's World Magazine as one of England’s top 5 coastal gardens, Howick Hall Gardens and Arboretum is a garden lover’s paradise.

Location: Howick, Northumberland

Castles and Historic Properties
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Spend a day at The Dower House Garden

Spend a day at The Dower House Garden

The Dower House Garden occupies a 1.5 acre site within the grounds of the National Trust’s Morville Hall, near Bridgnorth in Shropshire.

Location: Bridgnorth, Shropshire

Gardens and Parks
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See breath-taking vistas at Beth Chatto Gardens

See breath-taking vistas at Beth Chatto Gardens

Explore these breath-taking and inspirational gardens created by 10 times Chelsea Gold Medal Winner and Gardening Author, Beth Chatto OBE.

Location: Colchester, Essex

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Witness Nature’s best at the North York Moors National Park

Witness Nature’s best at the North York Moors National Park

Discover heather adorned moorland in the summer sunshine and wild flora flourishing in the woodlands.

Location: Whitby, North Yorkshire

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Rare plants at Borde Hill Garden

Rare plants at Borde Hill Garden

Embrace the colours of summer at the historic Borde Hill Garden.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

Gardens and Parks
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Discover plants at Cambridge University Botanic Garden

Discover plants at Cambridge University Botanic Garden

Don’t miss your chance to find out about plants from all over the world in the 40 acres of gardens and glasshouses.

Location: Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

City parks
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Explore gardens, modern art and more at Dudmaston

Explore gardens, modern art and more at Dudmaston

Built in the 17th century, the classic setting of Dudmaston Hall also provides a contrast to its unique collection of art.

Location: Bridgnorth, Shropshire

Gardens and Parks
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Discover green Birmingham

Discover green Birmingham

Birmingham has more than 8,000 acres of award-winning green spaces and parks – more than any other European city.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

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