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...

Roses in the foreground with House in background

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 and the herbaceous borders will be reaching their peak.

The garden at Blickling in springtime

Blickling Estate, Norfolk 

The entire garden at Blickling is a mass of colour and scent at this time of year, produced by a wide range of bulbs, perennials and shrubs. The double borders are a particular highlight, and we'd recommend the Temple Walk, which will be 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.

Seasonal meadow in flower with the church in the distance

Ickworth, Suffolk 

A visit to Ickworth's Italianate Garden and you know why we call it Suffolk's little Italy. Venture further onto the Estate where you'll find the Walled Garden constantly changing with the seasons and it won't be long before the wildflower meadow will be blooming.

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.

Family walking in the garden at Paycocke's

Paycocke's, Essex 

A hidden gem in the middle of historic Coggeshall, the beautiful cottage garden at Paycocke’s is a delightful place to spend a sunny afternoon. Why not enjoy a cream tea while enjoying the colourful display of flowers or even play a game of croquet on the lawn?

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?

Rhododendrons in flower along the main drive in May.

Sheringham Park, Norfolk 

It's all about colour at this time of year in the Wild Garden at Sheringham Park. The famous rhododendron collection and azaleas are 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, will 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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