Signs of spring cropping up at Chartwell

As the days are getting warmer, the gardens are starting to wake up. Bursts of colour are popping up all over, from colourful rhododendrons to the bright Eddie's white wonder. Find a taste of our spring colour listed below and come along for the full show.

English native bluebells at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

Bluebells at Chartwell

Experience the joys of a bluebell woodland this spring at the home of Sir Winston Churchill and throughout the surrounding West Kent countryside.

Rhododendron growing by Churchill's golden orfe ponds at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

Rhododendrons

Nearly 40 different rhododendrons are grown around the garden here at Chartwell, flooding beds and borders with their spectacular blooms in brilliant shades of pink, purple, blue, yellow and white. The shape and arrangement of the flowers varies greatly from one type to another and many are sweetly scented too.

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.

Wisteria growing in the rose garden at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

Chinese Wisteria 

You'd be forgiven for thinking this was a special type of wisteria tree, but in fact it's one of the most common climbing wisteria grown in the UK, but grown as a standard (with standard meaning upright). The pretty, pea-like, lilac-blue to white flowers of the Chinese wisteria have a lovely fragrance too.

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.

The iris border at Chartwell in early June

The Iris Walk at Chartwell

Along the Iris Walk at Chartwell we’re working to reintroduce some of the old varieties that the Churchills would have grown as part of their unusual and varied collection of irises. As some of these flowers are no longer commercially available, this is not as simple as it sounds.

Sample page from the Chartwell guidebook

Chartwell guidebook 

On your visit, why not collect the Chartwell guidebook from our Visitor Centre or shop? Read about the fascinating history of house and gardens as you make your way around on your visit, or take it home as a wonderful memento of your trip to Chartwell.

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.

An array of flowers in the cut-flower beds at Chartwell of all different sizes, shapes and colours

The Gardens 

Enjoy the sights, smells and sounds of a 20th century flower garden blooming at Chartwell. From spring blossom to summer roses, autumn apples to winter trees, the garden at Chartwell is a feast for the eyes, whatever the season.