Early signs of spring at Chartwell

As the days are getting warmer, the gardens are starting to wake up. Bursts of colour are popping up all over, from dainty snowdrops to bright camellias. Find a taste of our early spring colour listed below and come along for the full show.

Snowdrops at Chartwell


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 snowdrops cropping up along the visitor path, as well large clusters at the top of the orchard.

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


Around 30 different camellias are grown here at Chartwell, each one flowering in succession across the spring months to provide the garden with a profusion of extravagant blooms in various shades of pink and white.

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


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 create a rich display of pink, purple, white and green blooms.

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.

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.