Summer highlights at Emmetts Garden

Relax in the sunshine amongst the roses, admire the colourful hydrangeas and discover exotic trees in bloom at Emmetts garden this summer. We've listed just a few of our summer favourites for you below to help you plan your visit.

Summer view over weald of Kent from Emmetts Garden, a National Trust property in Kent

Spectacular views

Emmetts Garden sits at one of the highest points in Kent, providing it with some fantastic views. On a sunny day you can sit and see for miles across the weald of Kent. Bough Beech reservoir can be seen in the distance from the bottom of the south garden, whilst Ide Hill can be spotted over the way from the wild flower meadow.

The rose garden at Emmetts Garden, a National Trust property in Kent

The rose garden at Emmetts Garden

Banks of delicate roses create a beautiful border for this tranquil garden, which holds a stunning view over nearby Ide Hill. Built in the early twentieth century it remains today a quiet spot for enjoyment and contemplation.

Hydrangea in bloom in August at Emmetts Garden, a National Trust property in Kent


These popular garden shrubs just thrive at Emmetts in the summer. Whilst many species of hydrangea are white, here at Emmetts they mostly flower in vivid blue and pink shades that bring an explosion of colour to the pathways.

The lantern tree in bloom in June at Emmetts Garden, a National Trust property in Kent

Lantern tree

The pretty crimson ‘lantern’ flowers on this ornamental tree are not to be missed at Emmetts Garden. It’s native to Chile where it flourishes in moist soils and sheltered areas. The lanterns hang underneath the branches from late spring through the summer and make it one of the most attractive trees in the garden at this time.

Wedding cake tree, Emmtees Garden, Kent

Wedding cake tree

This stunning specimen is so named due to the distinct layers that form, giving the tree a tiered shape resembling a wedding cake. Originally from Japan and Korea, it is a rare site to see here in the UK. Over summer it is covered with creamy white flowers before the leaves turn purple in the autumn.

The North Garden in spring at Emmetts Garden, a National Trust property in Kent

Things to see and do at Emmetts Garden

Different gardens, views and events here mean there’s always something to interest you, your family and friends. Find a garden to suit your taste.