Spring, loaded with colour at Charlecote

Stroll to the riverside parterre to enjoy the dazzling tulips

Stroll to the riverside parterre to enjoy the dazzling tulips

The gardens are open every day, and the bulbs are blooming in our pots and borders.

Take a walk around our gardens in late spring and you'll find the herbaceous borders filling with colour. Enjoy the glorious display of thousands of bulbs and spring flowers in the parterre.

Stroll through the woodland garden, our tranquil haven, with ferns unfurling and discover unusual shrubs and shade-loving plants. You may spot one of our friendly robins hopping close to your feet here too.

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See the magnificent Judas tree in flower by the croquet lawn © National Trust

The Judas tree

Find it by the croquet lawn.
Cercis siliquastrum is a show-stopping small tree. The small pink pea-like flowers appear all over its branches before the heart-shaped leaves appear, giving it a lilac-pink haze from a distance. In autumn the leaves turn a delightful buttery yellow before they fall. Said to be the tree from which Judas hanged himself.

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The exotic Lobster Claw plant thrives in a sheltered spot in the garden © Jana Eastwood

Clianthus puniceus

Find it by the house at the back of the parterre.

This exotic-looking plant (also known as the Lobster Claw and endangered in its native New Zealand) thrives in the shelter of the house wall despite chilly winds blowing off the river. We wrap it up over the winter and are rewarded by these dramatic scarlet flowers throughout spring.

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Sun-loving Paeonia lutea brings colour to the long border © Mary Gleaves

Paeonia lutea

Find it along the long border where these are some of the first plants to flower when the border starts to take off for summer. A stunning long-lived woody shrub with vivid yellow flowers from late spring until mid-summer.
The glossy foliage is an attractive addition for the back of any border - this stalwart plant is happy in any situation.


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Blue-flowered camassia attracts many species of insects © Mary Gleaves

Camassia leichtlinii

Find it along the croquet lawn borders.

Spikes of starry blue flowers from this bulb fill that late spring gap. Happy - and hardy - in most soils and situations.
The Native Americans used the bulbs as food, baking them like a sweet potato or drying them to turn into flour. Plant hunter David Douglas complained though about 'the strength of the wind' they created!

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Uvularia - or merrybells - is one of our spring woodland delights  © National Trust

Uvularia grandiflora

Find them throughout the woodland garden.

Also known as bellwort, merrybells or wood daffodil, these are delightful hardy perennials, similar to Solomon's Seal, which love the sheltered conditions of our woodland. The buttery-yellow flowers last for weeks and really brighten up this area as new foliage all around increases the shady conditions.

Discover more in the gardens

Visitors will be able to see inside the summerhouse later this year © Jana Eastwood

Visitors will be able to see inside the summerhouse later this year

We have completed some of the desperately-needed restoration work on the little Victorian summerhouse by the Orangery. We're not yet able to get it re-thatched, but hope to be able to open it up to visitors once again in future.

Mary Elizabeth had this delightful playhouse built for her grandchildren and it was based on one that she remembered from her childhood in Wales.

Our restoration project was funded partly by the proceeds of raffle tickets bought by our kind visitors. Remember that every £1 ticket you buy at Charlecote is match-funded by the National Trust and is directly worth £2 to our work. This year's raffle funds will fill Places Meadow with wild flowers.

What we're up to now

Garden volunteers maintain the beautiful parterre all year round

Our gardens team regularly post news of their exploits on our blog. Take a look to find out what we're doing throughout the year - how we manage the gardens, what's happening behind the scenes and what we'll be doing in the future.

You can find out more on one of our exclusive garden tours and talks.

There are films from the garden team on our YouTube channel too.

Why not just take a seat and admire the effects of our hard work, or stop and chat to our staff and volunteers about anything that interests you.

Midsummer borders

The long border at the height of summer

There's something new in flower every week on the long border.

Admire the newly extended herbaceous borders around the croquet lawn.

Be inspired by the shady woodland garden and enjoy the rainbow of colours in the parterre.

The gardens in summer.

All about autumn

Enjoy the firelight colours of the woodland garden this autumn

Come and enjoy the parterre borders at their glorious best.

We love our dahlias and plant more varieties every year - which are your favourites?

Be cheered by the vibrant autumn foliage in the woodland garden.

The gardens in autumn

Winter interest

Be enchanted by the earliest flowers in the garden

Come and spot the first snowdrops - some of our earliest varieties are in flower by Christmas.

Enjoy the sculptural forms of frosted topiary in Green Court.

Winter-flowering shrubs fill the air with scent.

The gardens in winter