Around every corner at Chartwell you will find bursts of summer colour. The borders lining the top terrace of the kitchen garden and the orchard are looking particularly colourful, filled with pinks and purples and lovely scents. The lilies are blooming, the weigela looks fantastic so make sure you take the time to admire the summer borders at Chartwell.
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.
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.
Lady Churchill's rose garden
The summer months is when Lady Churchill's rose garden begins to shine. Enjoy a display of red, white and pink roses in this quintessential English part of the garden. This area was Clementine's pride and joy; it was always ravishing and immaculate and the part of the garden she loved most.
Golden Rose Avenue
The golden rose avenue is one of the more romantic parts of the garden, having been planted to celebrate Winston and Clementine's golden wedding anniversary. Golden yellow roses intertwined with the scented lavender make this one of the most fragrant parts of the garden. It is teeming with wildlife, from bees to painted lady butterflies and is not to be missed on a visit to Chartwell this summer.
Picnics by the lakes
Enjoy the sunshine the British way by bringing along a blanket and a picnic to eat alongside the lakes at Chartwell. Enjoy the summer breeze and admire the black swans gracefully gliding across the waters as you enjoy an outdoor meal. Why not pick up some food to go from our Landemare cafe?
Roses have long been associated with the Churchill's and their family home, Chartwell in Kent. With a walled rose garden alive with colour and a rose avenue bursting with fragrance, it's not hard to see why. Uncover the history and romance behind these areas on your next visit to find out why the rose garden was Clementine's favourite place.
All the family can have fun at Chartwell, with woodland and bunkers to explore and plenty of 50 things activities to complete. What are you waiting for? Grab your shoes and start your summer adventure.