Explore the garden at Fenton House

The garden at Fenton House is the culmination of decades of experimentation with different horticultural styles and tastes. Full of colour and interest all year round, the garden is a haven in the middle of Hampstead. Wander through the walled garden laid out over three levels featuring formal walks, lawns, herbaceous borders, exotic planting, a sunken rose garden, kitchen garden and a 300-year-old orchard.

The terraces

The terraces are home to some of the gardeners' favourite plants. In Spring, a blaze of colour from tiny blue chinadoxa flower lines the path along the terrace, followed by daffodils and ending with a haze of mauve and white alliums in June.

Bright summer border at Fenton House and Garden
Fenton House garden summer border
Bright summer border at Fenton House and Garden

From late June to July, rambling and climbing roses tumble through the borders and the rich planting on the east terrace is repeated, drawing the eye down the border. The North Terrace is full of exotic lush plants such as banana plants, cannas, echiums and artichokes.

The formal garden

Walking through a yew arbour, you emerge to a view of the formal lawn lined with neatly clipped topiary and a knife-sharp trimmed yew hedge.

Set against the dark green of the yew and running alongside the east terrace is a classic herbaceous border, showcasing hot vibrant colours of dahlias and cannas contrasting with rich blues, oranges and pinks of lilies and sedums.

The formal lawn in the garden at Fenton House, Hampstead
Neatly clipped hedges and cut back boarders show the structure of the garden at Fenton House in November
The formal lawn in the garden at Fenton House, Hampstead

The rose garden

From the terraces you can look down into a delightfully charming sunken rose garden where you can sit in amongst the aroma of the roses that are in full flower by mid-June. The flowers here are vibrant sorbet tones with roses that grow up tripods to provide height and seclusion.

Rather than traditional rose gardens with bare earth between the flowers, the rose beds are generously underplanted with displays of geraniums, foxgloves and salvias to create a soft, romantic cottage-garden effect.

The rose garden at Fenton House & Garden
Image of the sunken rose garden at Fenton House and Garden in Hampstead
The rose garden at Fenton House & Garden

Kitchen garden and orchard

Down the steps to the garden's lowest level, you come upon the 300-year-old orchard and kitchen garden in contrast to the formal gardens.

Here a spring meadow sits under the trees with an annual display of spring bulbs - wood anemones, followed by crocuses and miniature delicate daffodils and sea of British native blooms 'Fritillaria meleagris' (snake's head fritillary). In early summer, lacy umbels of cow parsley spread under the fruit trees.

Cow parsley under the trees in the Orchard at Fenton House & Garden
Image of a tree and cow parsley in the orchard at Fenton House in Hampstead
Cow parsley under the trees in the Orchard at Fenton House & Garden

Further beyond and the last garden room is the kitchen garden adorned with flowers. In summer you can find fruit and vegetables, as well as pumpkins and corn towards autumn.

The kitchen garden at Fenton House & Garden
Image of the Kitchen Garden at Fenton House and Garden in Hampstead
The kitchen garden at Fenton House & Garden