Signs of spring cropping up at Chartwell

Early spring flowers such as snowdrops and camellias are a welcome pop of colour during the frosty winter season. Visit Churchill's garden in Kent and be welcome by an array of early bloomers, including the heavily scented daphne Jacqueline postill.

Daffodils blooming at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

Daffodils 

The daffodils have started blooming across Chartwell. It won't be long now until all 22,000 daffodils in the car park will be showing off their petals to greet you. There's another 7,000 waiting to lead you through the gardens and you'll even spot them in vases in the house.

Purple hellebores growing down in the Chartwell gardens under blue skies

Helleborus

Is there a more beautiful perennial in the early spring garden than the helleborus? They look particularly stunning on a sunny day when they glow translucent and bright. There's a few different hybrids throughout the borders to create a rich display of pink, purple, white and green blooms.

Pale pink camellia in early spring

Camellias

Around 30 different camellias are grown here at Chartwell, each one flowering in succession as the months begin to warm up to provide the garden with a profusion of extravagant blooms in various shades of delicate pinks and whites.

Snowdrops, called 'summer snowflakes' for how late they bloom against blue skies in spring

Snowdrops

The snowdrop nods its tiny, white head above the winter soil as a little prelude to the full symphony of spring. If you get close enough, you’ll find they’re deliciously honey-scented too. Look out for the special 'summer snowflake' snowdrops cropping up around the Gavin Jones waterfalls as a larger, later blooming flower.

Daphne Jacqueline Postill in the garden at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

Daphne Bholua 'Jacqueline Postill'

These flowers are some of the most richly-scented blooms in the garden, but a sweet aroma is not all that is on offer. The flowers are very pretty too, with petals white on the inside and deep mauve-prink on the reverse. They're usually tricky to grow but fortunately they have flourished in the acidic soil here at Chartwell.

Spring blossom against blue skies and Chartwell

Blossom 

Blossom comes bright and beautiful to Chartwell each spring, smelling sweet on the branches and soon covering the paths with the delicate leaves. From cherry trees on the walk down from the Visitor Centre, to the orchard blooming with apple blossom, its definitely not to be missed!

Magnolia in spring at Chartwell

Magnolia

With vivid pink or white blooms framing the pathways on the approach to the house, the magnolia trees in full flower are an stunning display of spring at its finest every year at Chartwell. Reaching high into the sky, each extravagant flower is individually beautiful and combined together, makes a subtle but powerful burst of colour that's truly magical.

Emerging tulips just about to bloom in the cut flower beds at Chartwell

Cut flower beds

As the garden wakes up with spring the cut flower bed comes to life with colour. Tulips in all shapes and hues unfurl, such as the 'Angelique', believed to have been a favourite of Clementine, and a range of cheerful daffodils - including the 'Winston Churchill', all opening up to greet the sleepy sun. When the house is open, these blooms will be picked and taken up to the house where our volunteers expertly arrange them for the display rooms.

Plants Of The Month

Discover more spring colour by downloading our leaflet, including a map of where to find the best colour and plants in the Chartwell garden.

Daffodils growing in the gardens at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

The Gardens 

To support government guidance on social distancing we have now taken the decision to close our gardens as well as the rest of the site, including carpark and toilets.