Daffodils in London and the South East

After months of grey skies, vibrant bursts of yellow daffodils will soon be decorating our gardens and parks throughout March and April. From the glorious golden gardens of Mottisfont in Hampshire to the army of 15,000 bulbs at Chartwell in Kent, these first signs of the new season are very welcome. We've picked the top places across the South East for you to enjoy their warming glow.

Daffodils in bloom in the winter garden at Mottisfont, Hampshire

Mottisfont, Hampshire 

Mottisfont's riverside gardens burst to life in spring, offering delightful displays of daffodils, crocuses and tulips. Discover the past of this 18th Century house that has inspired many artists over the years.

Daffodils in bloom at Chartwell, Kent

Chartwell, Kent 

The 15,000 daffodil bulbs start to bloom from early spring at Chartwell, once the home of Prime Minister Winston Churchill. See what else the colourful spring garden has in store.

Waves of daffodils at the garden entrance

Osterley Park and House, London

Spring has sprung at the 'palace of palaces' as a haze of yellow dominates Osterley's garden in the form of daffodils, a sure sign spring has finally arrived at this Georgian country estate.

Daffodils at Polesden Lacey

Polesden Lacey, Surrey 

Visit Polesden Lacey this spring to see bright daffodils bloom in swathes of yellow, cream and orange against the backdrop of this Edwardian country retreat.

Detail of bright yellow daffodil flower head

Basildon Park, Berkshire 

Daffodils are the first sign that spring is starting. Look out for these cheery plants appearing throughout the 400 acres of historic parkland and gardens of this 1950s home.

Smallhythe Place daffodils

Smallhythe Place, Kent 

Actress Ellen Terry called Smallhythe her “daffodilly farm” and it's easy to see why. The idyllic garden gem plays host to a carpet of the iconic yellow flowers in spring.