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 into life in spring, with delightful displays of daffodils and narcissi. Thousands of mixed, naturalising bulbs provide delicious splashes of cream and yellow colour across the grounds, with drifts gathering beneath Mottisfont’s giant veteran trees.

Daffodils Cliveden

Cliveden, Buckinghamshire

Golden daffodils carpet the grounds of the gardens and woodlands at Cliveden as part of a new programme for 2019: 'The Gilded Gardens of Cliveden’. Inspired by the 24 carat gilded golden gates on the Sounding chamber, hundreds of thousands of daffodils have been planted to glow across the estate throughout March and April.

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.

The daffodil meadow at Clandon Park, Surrey

Clandon Park, Surrey 

This spring, enjoy the magnificent sight of Clandon Park in springtime with thousands of daffodils bursting into bloom. Planted from the 1890s by passionate horticulturist William, 4th Earl of Onslow, the bulb meadow is considered to be one of the best pre-1930s collections in the country. This year you can visit this glowing garden, featuring more than 20 varieties of daffodils, from Wednesday 20 March.

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.

Looking across the daffodil filled orchard to the north side of the house on a sunny day

Ightham Mote, Kent 

The arrival of spring is always a welcome sight at Ightham Mote with swathes of yellow and white blooms across the orchard and on the banks and borders of the gardens.

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.

Daffodils in the garden at Basildon Park with the house in the background

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.