Our best spring gardens

Shake off those winter blues and lift your spirits in a garden fresh with spring.

Make the most of longer, warmer days and don’t miss out on some of the most beautiful displays of flowering plants which make this time of year one of nature’s best. There’s so much to see and do, everything from wonderful walks to stimulate your senses, to fun seasonal events everyone can enjoy.

To help you make the most of spring, here’s our pick of places to savour the season.

    Acorn Bank, Cumbria

    Discover an abundance of wild flowers through the woodland. Walk among orchards clothed in pink and white tree blossom and spot the deliciously scented pheasant's eye daffodil, (Narcissus poeticus) and the rare, butter-yellow wild tulip, (Tulipa sylvestris).

    Calke Abbey, Derbyshire

    You’ll love the wonderful collection of auriculas, on display from mid-April, in the only known example of an original auricula theatre in the country. Walk through the bluebells and emerging yellow archangel flowers in the woodland. Or why not visit The Weir in Herefordshire and explore the original 'wild gardens' where native flora and fauna flourish?

    Cotehele, Cornwall

    Don’t miss thousands of flowering daffodils in the acre of meadow. These delicate, old varieties create a sea of yellow and white, fluttering in the March winds. Discover more about the fascinating history of daffodil growing in the Tamar Valley and look out for varieties that you’re unlikely to find anywhere else. Or why not treat your senses to the display of camellias, rhododendrons and magnolias that light up the garden in Trengwainton Garden in Cornwall?

    Hidcote, Gloucestershire

    Lose yourself in a network of beautiful garden rooms waking from their winter slumber. Enjoy drifts of narcissus and later aquilegias and Welsh poppies in the Pillar Garden, and the blossom filled orchard with emerging wild flowers. Step into the Stream Garden and spot the striking yellow flowers of the skunk cabbage (Lysichiton americanus) but watch out for the smell. Or visit The Courts Garden in Wiltshire and explore this lovely garden full of imaginative planting and clever design, flowing through different garden spaces.

    Erddig, Wales

    Enjoy a walk through the orchard where you’ll find late flowering pheasant’s eye narcissus and delicate snake’s head fritillaries (Fritillaria meleagris) among the long grass, under blossom filled apple trees. Don’t miss the banks along the canal, colonised in early spring by swathes of wild daffodils.

    Cliveden, Buckinghamshire

    Some of our spring bedding schemes are astonishing in their scale and splendour. Over 21,000 bulbs of the majestic tulip ‘Avignon’ are flowering in the Long Garden from mid April. Admire the view across the spectacular six acre Parterre. Enjoy drifts of daffodils, walk through blossom laden trees and carpets of bluebells. Walk under the magnificent wisteria at Greys Court, Oxfordshire when its violet-blue flowers bloom in late spring.

    Nymans, West Sussex

    Discover Nymans’ special collection of magnolias with their beautiful goblet and water lily flowers. There’s so much to see in this plantsman’s garden in spring. Thousands of bulbs fill the grass with carpets of flowers and the spectacular cherry trees are covered in blossom. Marvel at the colourful collection of azaleas and rhododendrons in a must-see event at Sheffield Park and Garden, East Sussex in April and May.

    Sissinghurst Castle, Kent

    Wander through Sissinghurst’s garden rooms for inspiring ideas or simply soak up spring. Enjoy the rich, warm colours of the Cottage Garden. The old orchard full with drifts of narcissus and clouds of blossom and the Nuttery’s carpet of woodland beauties such as trilliums and wood spurge, underneath the Kentish cobnuts. Go for a stroll in the cherry orchard at Hinton Ampner, Hampshire, where daffodils and other spring bulbs flower beneath the canopy of white blossom.

    Quarry Bank Mill, Cheshire

    Let your senses be awakened by colour, scent and beauty from the colourful collection of rhododendrons and azaleas, first introduced to the gardens in the 19th century. They still flower prolifically, complemented by other spring flowers such as tulips and forget-me-nots.

    Rowallane Garden, County Down

    You’ll love the drifts of beautiful Himalayan blue poppies which appear in late May. Gardeners covet these plants which thrive in the moist, acid soil here. Lovely flowering trees and shrubs, such as magnolias, cherries and many colourful rhododendrons make for wonderful spring walks around the garden.

Plants are affected by the weather and despite our gardeners’ best efforts, sometimes they don’t always bloom when we expect. If you’re making a special journey do call beforehand and our staff will be delighted to provide an update on what you can see.