Summer garden highlights at Chartwell

Churchill once said "a day away from Chartwell is a day wasted". Take a gentle stroll around the gardens and we're sure you'll agree with the famous man. There's so much to see at Chartwell, from ponds to rose gardens and lakes to orchards. We've listed the summer highlights for you below to help you make the most of the sunny season.

Lavender and penstemon flourishing in the borders at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

Summer colour

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.

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.

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.

Lady Churchill's Pink Rose Garden at Chartwell

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.

The golden rose avenue at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

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.

Lake view of the house at Chartwell, family home of Churchill and a National Trust property in Kent

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?

Plants of the month

Discover more summer colour by downloading our leaflet, including a map of where to find the best colour and plants in the Chartwell garden.

The Golden Orfe ponds in summer at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

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Discover more about what there is to explore in the gardens at Chartwell, including volunteer led garden tours.