Gardens

Spring, loaded with colour

Spring flowers brighten every day at Charlecote

Spring flowers brighten every day at Charlecote

Spring is in full swing in the gardens now with colour from thousand of bulbs everywhere. The Parterre has never looked better with our tulips and bedding plants in full flower.

The woodland garden is a delight at this time of year, and we've planted more unusual bulbs and shrubs to delight you. The tranquil trickling of the water feature returns when we take off its frost cover.

Our Judas tree by the croquet lawn is at its most magnificent from the end of April.

We're keeping up with the weeding and hardening off the bedding plant plugs in the greenhouse ready to replant the Parterre for summer at the end of May.

 

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.

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

Discover more in the gardens

Potted tulips - just the prologue to the Parterre display © National Trust

Potted tulips - just the prologue to the Parterre display

  • Listen for birdsong and look out for the ladybirds, bees and other insects
  • Have you spotted our happy mouse sculpture on the Cedar lawn?
  • Take a seat and enjoy our hard work.
  • Chat to our volunteer gardeners about anything that interests you.

Discover more in the gardens

Our volunteers have planted thousands of bulbs in the parterre © Jana Eastwood

Our volunteers have planted thousands of bulbs in the parterre

  • Listen for birdsong and look out for the ladybirds, bees and other insects
  • Have you spotted our happy mouse sculpture on the Cedar lawn?
  • Take a seat and enjoy our hard work.
  • Chat to our volunteer gardeners about anything that interests you.
     

Discover more in the gardens

Guaranteed to make you smile whatever the weather © Tim Harris

Guaranteed to make you smile whatever the weather

  • Listen for birdsong and look out for the ladybirds, bees and other insects
  • Have you spotted our happy mouse sculpture on the Cedar Lawn?
  • Take a seat and enjoy our hard work.
  • Chat to our volunteer gardeners about anything that interests you.

Illicium simmonsii

Find unusual plants such as Illicium simonsii in the woodland garden  © National Trust

Find it in the woodland garden.

These rare and unusual plants are among our newest delights, with unusual waxy-looking spiky flowers in spring.

They have a spicy scent and are related to star anise. They prefer shade, but are completely hardy and should eventually reach a dramatic six or seven feet high.

Skimmia japonica

The scent of Skimmia japonica fills the air alongside the croquet lawn © Jana Eastwood

Find it in the border along the north wall of the house and in the woodland garden.

This hardy evergreen shrub is a reliable plant for any situation. Bend down to enjoy the delightful sweet scent of the tiny white flowers but look out for the bees which love this plant in springtime.

With red berries in autumn, this is a great all-season plant.

Polyanthus

Polyanthus Gold Lace was very fashionable in Victorian times © Mary Gleaves

There are colourful polyanthus all around the gardens, but the Gold Lace variety in the large planters leading up to the front door of the house always attract comment.

One of the most unusual varieties of this delightful spring flower which was very fashionable in Victorian times.

Happy in most situations in borders or pots.

Amelanchier lamarkii

Masses of tiny white flowers grace Amelanchier lamarkii in spring © National Trust

Find it in the woodland garden.

This is one of the best shrubs (or grow it as a small tree) for any garden.

It produces a froth of white flowers in spring with bronze foliage, red berries later in the year (if the blackbirds leave them alone), and stunning autumn leaf colour. It's happy and reliable in any situation.

Hart's tongue fern

Hart's tongue fern in the woodland garden © National Trust

Asplenium scolopendrium.

Find it at the entrance to the woodland garden.

This evergreen fern with glossy tropical-looking foliage is hardy in any damp shady situation.

Look for the rows of spores under the leaves, like very organised caterpillars.

Midsummer borders

There's something new in flower every week along the herbaceous borders.

Be inspired by the shady woodland garden. We're planting nearly 70 new roses for you to enjoy.

All about autumn

Come and enjoy the vibrant parterre at its 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.

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