Plants & flowers

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Orchids

Look for this southern marsh orchid in early summer © Dan Bennett

Look for this southern marsh orchid in early summer

You can see these beautiful and delicate pyramidal orchids, common spotted orchids and southern marsh orchids around the parkland.

Woodland

Find these delicate wood anemones in the woodland under the shrubline © Sue Streeter

Find these delicate wood anemones in the woodland under the shrubline

There are white helleborines, wood anemones, violets and aquilegia in the woodland with a carpet of bluebells in spring.

Wildflower meadow

Cowslips signal the start of the wildflower meadow in springtime © Sue Streeter

Cowslips signal the start of the wildflower meadow in springtime

This year-round meadow starts with cowslips in spring then bird’s foot trefoil, devil's-bit scabious and knapweed in summer, finishing with red clover in the autumn.

Trees

  •  © Leigh Clapp

    Parkland

    The parkland is scattered with oaks and sweet chestnuts as well as limes, cedars, ash and pines.<...

  •  © Sue Streeter

    Garden

    Specimen trees in the formal garden include our strawberry tree, a London plane and a stone pine....

  •  © Matt Batchelor

    Woodland

    Ash, beech and sweet chestnut feature along with beautiful oaks, some of which are 300 years old....

The bluebell wood

The stunning sea of vibrant colour on the bluebell wood walk

Springtime is one of the most popular times of year at Hatchlands, thanks partly to the wonderful bluebell wood. Located in Little-Wix Wood at the edge of the park, the bluebells are at their best in April and early May.

Funghi

The dead wood habitats are a haven for various types of funghi that love the rotting wood and the cool, damp conditions. This includes beige coral, bracket fungus and blewit mushrooms.

The garden

  • Gertrude Jekyll designed and built a garden at Hatchlands in 1900 © Sue Streeter

    Gertrude Jekyll garden

    We’ve restored the Gertrude Jekyll garden closely following the original planting scheme.

  • Peonies feature in the Gertrude Jekyll garden © Sue Streeter

    Parterre planting

    Box hedging is used to mark out the beds. Beautiful in summer with roses, peonies and irises.

  • Peonies feature in the Gertrude Jekyll garden © Sue Streeter

    Other formal areas

    More formal beds feature knyphofia, hydrangeas, philadelphus, hellebores, danac, buddleia and abe...

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