Early summer gardens in the East of England

As spring fades and summer arrives, the floral displays keep on creating a mixture of colour and scent that will put your senses into overdrive. Here are some of our favourite gardens for May flowers and June blooms...

The rose garden at Anglesey Abbey

Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire 

Anglesey Abbey’s garden is always a delight. In May look out for the house draped in flowering wisteria and blossom in the gardens. Then as we head into June, there will be a heady scent coming from the Rose Garden.

The garden at Blickling in springtime

Blickling Estate, Norfolk 

The entire garden at Blickling is a mass of colour and scent, produced by a wide range of bulbs, perennials and shrubs. Head towards the Temple Walk, which is lined with rhododendrons and azaleas.

The dovecot and pond in the garden at Felbrigg

Felbrigg Hall, Norfolk 

Inside the Walled Garden at Felbrigg you’ll find some rare and botanically interesting plants in flower in our ‘Mediterranean’ beds. The fruit trees in the orchard will be in blossom and the rhododendrons and camellias will be bursting with colour in the West Garden.

Tulips in flower at Ickworth

Ickworth, Suffolk 

The Walled Garden at Ickworth is constantly changing with the seasons. As we reach late spring it will be a vision of tulips, as the 6,000 bulbs that the gardening team planted last winter begin to emerge. It won't be long before the wildflower meadow will be blooming too.

A view of Oxburgh Hall with the parterre in the foreground

Oxburgh Hall, Norfolk 

If you’re visiting Oxburgh Hall in June, look out for opportunities to help us plant some of the 6,500 bedding plants in the French Parterre, which include Heliotrope, Tegetes and ‘Paul Crampel’. They will go onto create quite the display later this summer.

The Orangery in the Peckover garden

Peckover, Cambridgeshire 

The wisteria at Peckover is always a welcoming sight, then as you step inside the Walled Garden, the rose garden will be the highlight of your visit in June. Why not enjoy one of our daily garden tours to find out more?

Two people admiring the rhododendrons in bloom at Sheringham Park

Sheringham Park, Norfolk 

It's all about colour at this time of year in the Wild Garden at Sheringham Park. The rhododendron collection is not to be missed, then in the parkland look out for bluebells and a sea of yellow with buttercups and cowslips in flower.

Tree in blossom at Wimpole

Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire 

We’ve planted a staggering 180,000 bulbs, which when they bloom in June, should create a real ‘wow’ factor at Wimpole. With swathes of purples, whites and yellow blooms from alliums to camassia, we'd recommend you explore the Pleasure Grounds to see them. Enjoy the sight and smell of the blossom whilst you're there too.

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