Spring colour at Chartwell

As the days are getting warmer, the gardens are starting to wake up. Bursts of colour are popping up all over, from the wisteria inside the rose garden to the cut flower bed in the kitchen garden. Find a taste of our spring colour listed below and come along for the full show.

Rhododendron in the garden 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.

The cut flower bed at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

Cut flower bed

Pop into the kitchen garden to find the cut flower bed springing into life. The flowers grown here will go on display in the house, much like they did when the Churchill family lived here. We still grow many of Clementine Churchill's favourite flowers, such as yellow marigolds.

Lilac in the garden at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

Lilac

This unusual lilac flowers its socks off every year in early summer, bearing gorgeous lavender-pink panicles which, like the common lilac, are heavily scented. Look out for these blooming flowers around the steps leading down to the orchard.

Wisteria 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.

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.

Frosty estate view at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

The gardens at Chartwell

Explore the garden at Chartwell in Kent with its home-grown produce in the kitchen garden, rose walk, lakes and so much more. See the spot where Churchill used to sit and feed his golden orfe, and discover the wall he built with his own hands.