Ensure you know the best time to catch flowers in full bloom. Our timeline of the spectacular shows of nature in English gardens can help you plan your trip around specific blooms and blossoms.
Trengwainton Garden, Cornwall – spring comes early here with champion magnolias flowering from February onwards. Peer skywards to see their huge waxy blooms outlined against the sky, or look down to spot snowdrops lining the winding wooded paths.
February/March (date tbc)
Chiswick House and Gardens, London – see the oldest collection of camellias under glass in the Western world. Housed in the spectacular Grade I listed conservatory, these beautiful blooms come in an array of fabulous colours – pink, red, white and even striped! Including rare and historically-important varieties, the collection is a real national treasure.
End May/early June
The Dorothy Clive Garden, Shropshire – the famous Laburnum Arch only has a two-week season of floral interest, but what a couple of weeks they are! Discover a 25-metre long golden walkway, providing a distinctive cascade of yellow flowers.
Late May/early June
A striking collection of ‘pocket handkerchief’ trees come into flower. So called because the flowers, or ‘bracts’ as they are known, resemble a folded handkerchief around the flower heads. The secluded gardens at Minterne are set in a peaceful wooded valley, with small lakes, streams and cascades offering a new vista at every turn. Described as a ‘corner of paradise’.
Renowned for the largest naturalised collection of candelabra primulas in England. Enjoy 25,000 stunning candelabras, displaying all the colours of the rainbow.
Cotswold Lavender is the perfect view to relax to. Walk through the fields of lavender in full bloom (early-mid July) and see the harvest and distillation (usually at the end of July). Lavender is grown as a crop rather than as plants to sell which is why you’ll only see fields of wonderful lavender, no polytunnels! Head to the tearoom to enjoy some lavender shortbread or a clotted cream tea with a lavender scone and browse the gift shop for a tempting range of lavender products.
100 different varieties of sweet peas (heritage, modern, scented, striped, flake and bicolour) are displayed throughout the pickery, vegetable, and cottage gardens (open selected days). You can also buy over 50 varieties of sweet pea seed from the shop.
For more on England’s gardens, visit Parks and Gardens with Breathtaking Views
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