Spring at Hinton Ampner

In May you'll find shows of frothy cherry blossom at Hinton Ampner

Hinton Ampner is an elegant country whose garden is widely acknowledged as a masterpiece of 20th century design.

The idyllic five hectare garden brings together a formal layout with varied and informal plantings in a series of outdoor ‘rooms’ in colours from cool greens, creams, and yellows, through to hot pinks, oranges and deep reds.

Hinton Ampner is a true spring garden
Close up of blossom with Hinton Ampner in background

Ralph Dutton designed the garden to have scent and colour all year round. During the early months of spring you’ll discover hundreds of daffodils and creamy camellias. Take a stroll down the Magnolia Walk to see exotic pink and white magnolia blooms.

Hinton Ampner is famous for its spring magnolia blossom
Close up view of white magnolia blossoms on a tree's branches

From mid-April vibrant tulips and perfumed narcissi create bright splashes of colour in the pretty walled garden. In late spring apple and pear blossom appears, to the gentle sound of buzzing bees in search of pollen. In the cherry orchard clusters of double-pink flowers from cherry variety ‘Kanzan’ mingle with the snowy blossom of cherry ‘Mount Fuji’, which droops almost to the ground in long clusters. 

Walk down the lichen-covered steps from the terrace and find yourself in a quintessentially English landscape leading to ancient woodland. Stroll slowly through glorious beech avenues and drink in the bluebell phenomenon that appears here each spring.

A carpet of bluebells
Bluebells at Blakes Wood, Essex, in spring