Stroll through the gardens

Soft colours of herbaceous plants fill the long border

Soft colours of herbaceous plants fill the long border

Our gardens are open every day, and the herbaceous borders are full of colour.

Take a walk around our gardens and you'll find something new in flower every week. There's colourful summer planting in all our pots - take a look outside the Orangery - and the parterre is accelerating towards its summer spectacular show with the scent of heliotrope in the air on a warm day.

Stroll through the woodland garden, our tranquil haven, with ferns unfurling and discover unusual shrubs and shade-loving plants. Book ahead for a special out-of-hours tour with our Head Gardener in aid of the NGS.

See what our volunteer photographer spotted in the gardens this time last year.

Looking good

The ladybird poppies are perfectly named  © Jana Eastwood

Ladybird poppies

Find them brightening the little border in front of the summerhouse.

Just take a look at the black splodges in the centre of these scarlet flowers and their name becomes obvious. Easily raised from seed, these annuals are happy in any situation. Just let them seed around at the end of the summer or save the seed and sow again next spring.

Looking good

Lemon day lilies brighten the borders at Charlecote  © National Trust

Hemerocallis [lilioasphodelus]

Find them along the croquet border and along the long border, this centuries-old variety is Hemerocallis lilioasphodelus. These are hardy and reliable perennial plants for most soils and situations.

The strappy foliage of lemon day lillies is a bright fresh green for spring and then it's pretty much the first of the day lillies to flower each summer going on well into July.

Looking good

The giant leaves of the rice paper plant make a bold statement © National Trust

Tetrapanax papyrifer 'Rex'

Find it on the long border.

The huge leaves of the rice paper plant make a bold statement in the border, forming a dramatic backdrop. We call it our 'T Rex' plant and like it so much that we're planning to plant some more to add structure to the whole planting scheme. This herbaceous plant may die down if winter turns very cold but will quickly regrow later in spring.

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.

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

Spring colour

Stroll to the riverside parterre to enjoy the dazzling tulips

Enjoy the glorious parterre when the tulips are at their best.

There are pockets of colour all around the garden as the daffodils and spring bedding cheer us up.

Stroll through the woodland garden to admire our hellebore collection.

What you'll see in spring