Spring, loaded with colour at Charlecote

Come and admire the hellebores in the woodland garden this spring

Come and admire the hellebores in the woodland garden this spring

The gardens are open every day, and bulbs are coming into bloom all around.

Take a walk around our gardens on a spring day and you'll find early-flowering shrubs with heady scents to attract the bravest bees and the first ladybirds. Be cheered by the first little daffodils and the early tulips are coming into flower now.

Stroll through the woodland garden, our tranquil haven, filled with scent from viburnums and mahonias. Here, you'll find masses of hellebores - singles and delightful doubles - in shades of pink and cream. You may spot one of our friendly robins hopping close to your feet here too.

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Winter aconites bring spring colour to the woodland garden © Mary Gleaves

Winter aconite (Eranthis hyemalis)

Find it in the woodland and along the borders.

This reliable little hardy perennial has cheery yellow flowers which brighten the winter garden as they come into flower in January and last well into spring. Completely unrelated to the poisonous tall blue perennial, it may have acquired its common name simply because of a similarity in the foliage.

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Hellebores in the woodland garden are a delight in late winter © Jana Eastwood

Christmas rose, Lenten rose (Hellebore)

Find them throughout the woodland garden.

These are the stars of our shady woodland in late winter and early spring. The white varieties are the first to flower, then the taller pinks and exotic-looking doubles come into bloom. Brave early-flying bees and other insects love them and so do we.

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Enjoy the scent of Sarcococca along the north wall by the croquet lawn © National Trust

Sweet box (Sarcococca hookeriana)

Find it along on the north border by the croquet lawn.

Walk along here to the riverside parterre and you’re in for a treat. This delightful evergreen shrub brings a sweet vanilla scent to the early spring garden with its pretty clusters of pink and white flowers. Hardy and easy to maintain, another bonus is that it’s happy in a dry shady spot.

Discover more in the gardens

Restoration work is beginning inside and outside the summerhouse © Jana Eastwood

Restoration work is beginning inside and outside the summerhouse

Visit the gardens today and you'll see that we're beginning desperately-needed restoration work on the little Victorian summerhouse by the Orangery. We'll be working on the exterior and the interior and 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 is funded partly by the proceeds of raffle tickets bought by our kind visitors. Remember that every ticket you buy at Charlecote is match-funded by the National Trust and is directly worth £2 to our work.

What we're up to now

Garden volunteers plant thousands of bulbs every year

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

Colourful bedding and scented purple heliotrope fill the parterre

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