Head Gardener's blog

Chris Flynn, Head Gardener at Dyffryn Gardens fills us in on what he and the team are up to each month. Our garden revival project is well underway and lots of plans are afoot to restore the gardens to their original splendour. Find out what work is being carried out and what to look out for ahead of your visit.

The Italian garden at Dyffryn Gardens

August: Horses for courses

As the summer takes hold, the gardens are in their peak. The work doesn't let up as the team are hard at work on the next task to restore the gardens.

Water lilies blooming in the fountain at Dyffryn Gardens

July- Mow, weed, sleep, repeat

Lots of sunshine and warm weather mean mowing and watering are top of the agenda for the team this month, not to miss this month are the dramatic water lily displays in the central water features.

Planting the summer bedding at Dyffryn Gardens

June-All change

This month the team are re-sizing the beds on the south front and find out what we're up to in our meadows.

The Italian Vegetable Garden at Dyffryn Gardens

May- an Italian connection

We're celebrating Italy in the gardens this summer to mark 110 years of the Pompeiian Garden being built.

a burst of catkin buds

April- An understated celebration of spring

The vibrancy of spring can be seen all over the gardens, sometimes the beauty is in the not-so-obvious.

Bluebells in the arboretum at Dyffryn Gardens

March- An ode to the unexplored

There's lots to discover in the arboretum this time of year and something new around every corner.


February- Bright winter sun and bitter north east wind

As the snow melts and the spring bulbs peak through the team are harvesting pea sticks, planting hedgerow and readying the garden for the year.

Camellia japonica Akashigata

January- Winter work and signs of Spring

As hedge-cutting continues, our gardeners are hard at work transforming our Garden Rooms. Winter plants are in flower and early signs of spring out.

A Robin among holly branches

December- The Holly and the Ivy

Hedge cutting is taking priority this month, the team are restoring some long lost views across the gardens. There's still plenty of colour in the orchid house and the vines are put to bed for the winter.

The herbaceous border in winter

November- Inspiration turns to planning

As autumn turns to winter Chris and the team are setting their minds to planning for next year, from new colour schemes to bulb planting there's no rest for our gardeners.

Boy walking through autumn arboretum

October- As summer turns to autumn

Autumn colour is starting to appear in the gardens, find out what to look out for as well as what the team are up to looking after our lawns.

A view of Dyffryn House through the gardens.

September- Dazzling dahlias

Dahlias are the theme of this blog, Dyffryn is blessed to have a rich history of the cultivar and hold particular prominence in the garden in late summer and early autumn.