Seasonal delights


Spring is here with the arrival of the Daffodils © elizabeth isherwood

In March and April don’t miss the fabulous blue carpet of 'Glory-of-the-snow' (Chinodoxa) spread beneath the pleached lime walk.

Another highlight are the swathes of daffodils under the trees.


Visit in June to see the magnificent roses in the walled garden © National Trust

Our famous displays of traditional roses in the walled gardens are worth a visit in June. But don't forget that our gardens are beautiful throughout the year.

Summer show

Come and smell the lavender in the walled garden © Chris Murphy

As the roses fade in July and August the unrivalled herbaceous planting takes over. Enjoy densely planted drifts of classic cottage garden plants in lavender-lined borders.

Autumn colour

Visit during autumn and see the intense colours for yourself © Phil Marshall

September sees the beginning of autumn colour, intensifying through October and November as foliage turns through fiery shades of crimson, butter-yellow, scarlet and deep purple.


The borders are full of colour all winter © National Trust

As the leaves fall, the late-flowering shrubs, such as Mahonia and bright-stemmed Dogwood-Cornus and Rubus, take over in the winter garden. Scented winter honeysuckle and, in early spring, Daphne delight with their flowers and fragrance.

A historic garden

Statue of Acteon looking out over the grounds at Mottisfont

Statue of Acteon looking out over the grounds at Mottisfont

The land around Mottisfont has been shaped and cultivated for many centuries. Each owner has made their mark on the landscape and gardens creating a great mix of formal lawns and walks as well as specialist spaces such as the walled garden and winter garden.

Cuttings from the garden

Meet Jonny, our Craftsman Gardener, often to be found in the walled garden tending our world-famous rose collection. Follow Jonny's musings on Twitter @NTGardenerJonny or read his blog.