Gardens

Midsummer borders

Filled with colour, the long border at the height of summer

Filled with colour, the long border at the height of summer

Summer in our gardens really begins around Midsummer when the long border really comes into its own with the alliums and delphiniums.

The parterre is replanted at the beginning of June and is resplendent with colour by July, while the woodland garden is a tranquil haven, filled with foxgloves and hydrangeas.

Towards the end of summer our dahlias are looking glorious – which are your favourites?

What we're up to now

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.

Discover more in the gardens

Take a seat and enjoy the shady tranquility of the woodland garden © National Trust

Take a seat and enjoy the shady tranquility of the woodland garden

  • Listen for birdsong and look out for the ladybirds, bees and other insects
  • Try a game of croquet with family and friends
  • Take a seat and enjoy our hard work.
  • Chat to our volunteer gardeners about anything that interests you.

Discover more in the gardens

Come and play in the gardens at Charlecote © Jana Eastwood

Come and play in the gardens at Charlecote

  • Listen for birdsong and look out for the ladybirds, bees and other insects
  • Try a game of croquet with family and friends
  • Take a seat and enjoy our hard work.
  • Chat to our volunteer gardeners about anything that interests you.

Discover more in the gardens

Come and enjoy a game of croquet, there’s a set of rules too © All Yours Photography

Come and enjoy a game of croquet, there’s a set of rules too

  • Listen for birdsong and look out for the ladybirds, bees and other insects
  • Try a game of croquet with family and friends
  • Take a seat and enjoy our hard work.
  • Chat to our volunteer gardeners about anything that interests you.

Ferns

Ferns in the woodland garden at Charlecote Park © National Trust

Find many varieties in the woodland garden.

The Victorians' mania for collecting ferns was known as Pteridomania, and Mary Elizabeth's love of her garden would have included many species.

Linger for a while to appreciate the different shapes and forms of these beautiful fascinating plants.

 

Hemerocallis

Lemon day lilies brighten the borders at Charlecote  © National Trust

Find them along the croquet border and along the long border, this variety is Hemerocallis lilioasphodelus.

These are hardy and reliable perennial plants for most soils and situations.

The strappy foliage is attractive in spring and then it's pretty much the first of the day lillies to flower each summer and will be in flower well into July.

 

Alliums

Purple and white alliums add structure to the early summer borders © Jana Eastwood

Find them along the long border.

These hardy bulbs, related to onions, swiftly bring colour to the early summer border.

On strong self-supporting stems, they are a lovely addition to any scheme, but the foliage dies away as soon as they flower so they are best planted among later-flowering perennials.

 

Deutzia Strawberry Fields

Summer-flowering Deutzia Strawberry Fields in the woodland garden  © National Trust

Find it in the woodland garden.

A delightful summer-flowering shrub, loved by bees and other insects.

Reaching a height of around 2m, this is a plant that will look after itself in any soil or situation.

Martagon lillies

Martagon lilies in the woodland garden © Mary Gleaves

Find them in the woodland garden.

Also known as Turk's Cap lilies, these were a favourite of Mary Elizabeth Lucy. They are long-lived perennial bulbs, flowering through June and July. They are happy in a shady spot, as long as they aren't waterlogged in winter.

All about autumn

Come and enjoy the parterre borders at their best. We love our dahlias - which are your favourites?

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

Winter interest

The gardens are open every day - come and enjoy the fresh air.

Enjoy the frosted sculptural forms in Green Court and look out for the first snowdrops.

Spring colour

There's scented shrubs to lift your senses all around, and colour from thousands of bulbs in the parterre.

Enjoy the subtle pinks of masses of hellebores in the woodland garden.

Share