Gardens & parks
We care for more than 200 gardens and parks. From small secret hideaways and kitchen gardens to landscaped lawns, beautiful borders and acres of parkland. Explore our gardens and parks from afar and see them blooming in their colourful glory.
Explore our spring gardens virtually
Sissinghurst, East Sussex
Quarry Bank, Cheshire
Tredegar House, Newport
Standen, West Sussex
The colours of spring
There are plenty of Iris varieties that can be grown throughout the year, but in spring the electric-blue blooms of Iris reticulata are the ones to look out for.
Hyacinths come in a range of colours: from classic deep indigo through to pinks, purples, magentas and whites. They’re a great choice for fragrance.
Snake's head fritillary
These pink-and-purple-chequered flowers are said to resemble the head of a snake, hence the name. They’re usually found in meadows and some wilder gardens.
Alliums offer a great burst of colour and drama in late May, marking the transition into summer.
Magnolias are one of the earliest spring blooms, bringing a welcome pop of colour to gardens we care for.
Gardens through the ages
Medieval garden style was dominated by monasteries and manor houses. Herbs were grown for medicine and gardens were an important food source.
The influence of the Renaissance left its mark on the gardens of the Tudors, seen in the inclusion of architectural features. The most recognised feature from this period is the knot garden.
Gardens grew larger during the Stuart period as the influence of French and Dutch formal gardens brought features such as long avenues, terraces and topiary.
Gardens and parks merged into one during the 18th century to create a British style that would influence gardens across Europe.
Exotic plants from around the world were brought home to gardens by Victorian collectors. The bright new colours were displayed in more formal garden styles.
The structured 'rooms' that epitomised gardens at the turn of the century were later softened with borders of the many new herbaceous plants being bred.
Find out more about the work that goes on behind the scenes by our talented garden teams to restore and conserve the gardens you love to visit
Looking after more than 200 gardens has taught us a thing or two, so here our gardeners share some of their tips for a blooming beautiful garden