Seasonal garden delights

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In the nursery

We're always busy in the nursery with plants to prick out, pot on and harden off. We grow plants here for our Plant and Garden centre. Come to our monthly nursery open days to see us in action.

What are we working on this summer?

  • Weeding, weeding, weeding.
  • Keeping our lawns looking tip-top with a weekly mow.
  • Lifting and divinding spring-flowering bulbs.
  • Plant out summer bedding.
  • Water any newly planted plants in hot weather.
  • Prune spring-flowering shrubs.
  • Feeding the roses.

Meet Nymans' head gardeners

Since 1890 Nymans has had only four head gardeners. Their personalities and passion for plants have made Nymans the great garden it is today.

Superb Summer

Floriferous Nymans

The summer borders at its blooming best © National Trust

Nymans is a remarkable place to be at this time of year. The garden is jam-packed with sizzling summer colour, dazzling horticultural delights to be discovered around every corner.  Our summer borders show vibrant perennial planting at its best, where as the June borders provide at touch of pastel elegance to the riot of colour that is Nymans in summer.

Formal gardens

Amazing Alliums! © NTPL/Andrew Butler

The garden is jam-packed with colour at this time of year. We have a huge collection of summer flowering trees, shrubs and bulbs. Against the back drop of the ruins and the delightfully eccentric topiary, these floriferous delights combine to create a garden that will delight and enchant you.

Summer colour

The floriferous South African bed at Nymans © NTPL/Jemma Donaldson, National Trust

Summer is here and the days of picnicking and sunbathing are upon us.  Nymans is simply full of colour at this time of year and every section of the garden is a joy to be in.  From our adventurous and exotic South African bed to the pastel triumph that is the June border, there's always something new in flower.  Our newly planted rock garden is also beginning to take shape, with many new floral treasures waiting to be discovered.

The Messels' garden

The new sub tropical design adds a real sense of drama to the ruins behind © NTPL/National Trust

The Messel family were passionate about plants, gardening and design. We continue to garden in the spirit of the Messels.  As a result, our garden is constantly evolving, developing and being restored. Come and admire our newly redesigned Sunk Garden, the views that have been revealed at Holly Corner and enjoy our revamped Summer Borders.

Summer strolls

Nymans in the sunshine © Abigail Rex

Nymans is an exciting place in summer and the perfect place for a summer time strolls. The beautiful bulbs are popping up everywhere and there are lots of fun events for all the family to enjoy.

Meet some of our gardening team