Explore the beauty of English gardens throughout the year
Whether it's the brand new blooms of spring, summer's riotous colours, the golden falls of autumn, or winter's frosty majesty, England's gardens are always spectacular. Each season adds a unique charm. Find your perfect spot for every season using our seasonal gardens list.
Spectacular snowdrops of February
Come and see blankets of snowdrops heralding the beginning of spring. The National Gardening Society's Snowdrop Festival begins in Feruary, and they have a collection of gorgeous gardens which are the home to snowdrops every year. Wander through slowly awakening woods and glades, and watch one of Britain's favourite flowers herald the soming of spring.
As the days get longer and warmer, England’s gardens burst into colour and new life. Early-year blooms such as daffodils, crocuses, and bluebells come out to paint the landscape. Explore their displays in parks and manor gardens, and maybe enjoy an ice cream to go with the re-emerging sunshine. Here’s our pick of some of the best gardens to see this spring.
June is the perfect month to see the roses in bloom, and England lays claim to some of the finest rose gardens in the world. The flower of love and passion, an English garden is the ideal place for a romantic day out with your loved one. Plan your visit to catch them at the peak of their splendour.
Celebrate summer with a visit to an English garden. We’ve handpicked some of the most vibrant summer displays, from colourful herbaceous borders to stunning wildflower meadows, for you to relax in as you enjoy the warm weather. Bring a picnic blanket and eat in a lushious park, or watch the dragonflies hovering in watergardens.
Immerse yourself in the many shades of seasonal colour with a visit to England’s arboretums, woodlands and landscape gardens. Visit at a time when majestic golds and reds have painted the landscape, and leaves make their graceful descent to the ground. Follow fallow deer as they wander through parks containing azaeleas, and stop to drink at glossy lakes.
With a sprinkling of Jack Frost, England’s gardens are at their most magical during the winter months. Bold splashes of colour can be found amongst the frost in stems and velvety evergreens. Once you've taken an invigorating winter walk, head back to a cafe for tea or soup and warm up in style.
If you’re looking for something a little more unusual, visit a garden where you’ll be treated to a spectacular show. Pick the time of year, or follow your favourite flower, and see English gardens in their prime. From traditional fields of lavender to giant waterlilies, these gardens have something unique to share! Nature’s flowering times can vary from the advertised dates though, so please check ahead to avoid disappointment.