Top summer gardens

Our gardens are at their peak during the summer months, with striking colours, scents and relaxing spaces to take in the view. With vibrant displays of flowers and long, refreshing days to look forward to, it’s time to make the most of nature – with a healthy serving of sunshine. Celebrate the arrival of summer by visiting some of our top gardens in bloom:

Visitor walking in the Rhododendron Ground at Biddulph Grange Garden, Staffordshire, in June.

Biddulph Grange Garden, Staffordshire

A visit to Biddulph Grange takes you on a global journey from Italy to the pyramids of Egypt, a Victorian vision of China and a re-creation of a Himalayan glen. The garden features collections of rhododendrons, a stunning dahlia walk and the oldest surviving golden larch in Britain.

Visitors by the lake at Claremont Landscape Garden, Surrey

Claremont Landscape Garden, Surrey

It's easy to see why the quirky green oasis at Claremont was fit for a princess in bygone days. Not a typical garden of herbaceous borders, but an unusual oasis of trees and shrubs, where the views always change, the water sparkles and secret glades await. Enjoy the stunning views and it’s the perfect spot for a family picnic.

The house at Dyffryn Gardens, Vale of Glamorgan

Dyffryn, Vale of Glamorgan

Dyffryn is a wonderful place to visit, the Grade I gardens feature a stunning collection of formal lawns, an extensive arboretum and a number of intimate garden rooms for visitors to relax in. The sunshine streams through the garden’s reinstated glasshouse, highlighting its impressive collection of cacti and orchids. Dyffryn's arboretum houses tree specimens from all over the world and is the perfect place to go for some peace and to soak up the summer sun.

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal from Surprise View

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden, North Yorkshire

What better way to enjoy a warm summer’s stroll than by cool water at this World Heritage Site? Marvel at one of the best surviving Georgian water gardens, with breathtaking views of the Cistercian Abbey, canals, neo-classical temples and elegant ornamental lakes. Visit this summer to enjoy the seasonal colour and charm of this beautiful landscape.

View towards the house from The Old Garden at Hidcote, Gloucestershire, in June

Hidcote, Gloucestershire

Cradled in the Cotswolds with stunning views over the Vale of Evesham, a stroll in the gardens at Hidcote is sure to make a lasting impression. Explore the maze of narrow paved pathways and discover secret gardens, magnificent vistas and plants that burst with colour. Find a quiet spot and sit on one of the ornate benches and watch green woodpeckers search for their lunch, or listen to the calls from the buzzards circling overhead.

Ickworth Church and Summer House from Canal Lake

Ickworth, Suffolk

With miles of parkland and woodland to explore, a wander or cycle around Ickworth makes a grand place for an entertaining summer day out. Surrounding the central Rotunda, the gardens at Ickworth are beautiful and diverse. Beyond this lies the remnants of an eighteenth century walled garden, a magical summer house and a dazzling lake, a perfect place to relax and have a picnic with the family.

The Sunk Garden at Mount Stewart

Mount Stewart, County Down

Mount Stewart is hailed as one of the most unusual gardens we care for, due to its tapestry-like design. In early summer, the formal displays of scented rhododendrons in the Italian, Spanish, Mairi and Shamrock Gardens are magnificent, and there's a great collection of scented lilies in flower all summer long, in Lily Wood.

Visitors enjoying a stroll

Nymans, West Sussex

Nymans is a garden lovers’ home, a place to relax in the summer months and enjoy the peaceful country garden. The grounds boast a historic collection of plants, gathered from around the world, with the borders providing fresh and dynamic early summer displays using unusual perennial plants and dahlias. Look out for the eucryphias that produce big, starry white flowers in August; there’s a whole treasure chest of colourful and unusual plants to discover.

The stunning rock garden at Sizergh

Sizergh, Cumbria

Enjoy a satisfying stroll at Sizergh this summer; an unexpected treasure nestled on the edge of the Lake District. This much loved family home stands proud in its natural setting. Admire the views and the tulips that border the terrace walls and take a walk to the beautiful kitchen gardens and orchard.