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 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.

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.

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


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.

Eddie's white wonder in the garden at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

Eddie's white wonder

This small tree really is a wonder in late spring, when it is almost entirely clothed in creamy-white. Intriguingly, the white petal-like structures are actually bracts (modified leaves); if you look closely inside the whorls of bracts you'll see the tiny, purplish-green true flowers of the plant. This tree has glorious autumn colour too, with leaves becoming orange, red and purple.

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


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.

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.

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The house 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.