Gardeners' tips

Hear from our gardeners and get lots of gardening inspiration and ideas to make the most of your outdoor space

Wildflowers in front, with Ormesby Hall in the background

Summer gardening tips: from our garden to yours 

Want to get more out of your summer blooms? Our gardening experts are sharing their tips on how to garden during the warmest season. This month we've got advice on cultivating pelargoniums, how to grow wild flowers, looking after roses and more.

Working in the walled garden, checking the broad beans, on the estate at Llanerchaeron, Ceredigion, Wales.

Get a taste of what's in season for July 

Discover what's in season for growing and harvesting in July and how to make the most of the summer's abundant produce. This month we’re talking about new potatoes and beans and sharing lots of handy tips from our gardeners and chefs.

Time for roses

Roses on display in our plant shop

Roses for pots

Patio roses such as ‘Queen Mother’ grow well in containers. Choose a pot that’s at least 40cm deep and fill it with loam-based compost or a mix of peat-free compost and garden soil. Feed and water throughout the growing season.

The Alnwick Rose

Keeping roses healthy

Plant roses in a fertile, moisture-retentive soil and mulch with compost or well-rotted manure. Prune each winter to stop branches becoming over-crowded. When buying new roses, look for disease-resistant varieties.

Rambling rose, Veilchenblau, in the rose garden in June at Mottisfont, Hampshire

Less thorny varieties

Some roses have fewer thorns than others. To keep scratch-free, try the scented, deep pink shrub rose ‘Zéphirine Drouhin’, English rose ‘Kew Gardens’ with its clusters of small white flowers, or purple rambler ‘Veilchenblau’.

Rose varieties to look out for


Composting with our experts

In our latest gardening video, Rebecca Bevan, the author of The National Trust School of Gardening, finds out how compost is made at Nunnington Hall in Yorkshire. She speaks to Head Gardener, Nick Fraser, about the composting system that's at the heart of keeping the gardens well-maintained and vibrant.

Decorations for your garden

Rose garden inspiration

Honey bee feeding on a dahlia flower

Help protect pollinators 

Bees play a vital role in the natural world around us but they're under threat. By donating to support nature and wildlife at the places in our care, you'll be helping to protect these pollinators and the green spaces they call home. Now more than ever, we need your help to look after the nature and wildlife we all find comfort in.

" I was a Head Gardener for 20 years and you never stop learning. You need to be creative, prepared to try new things and inspire a wide range of people. "
- Ian Wright, lead gardens adviser
Member of staff checking the records at the Plant Conservation Centre

Garden podcasts playlist 

Download or listen to episodes from our podcast series that explore our most important historic gardens and meet the staff and volunteers who care for them.

Gardeners' essentials

See our range of decorative and practical items for making your garden great