Gardens and parks in Hampshire

Our gardens are at their very peak in summer. Magnificent herbaceous borders are full of vibrant colour, shape and scent. Beautifully clipped hedges and doorways in old walled gardens frame exquisite floral views. Soak up the sight of 5,000 roses at Mottisfont, and the ‘jewel box’ of flowers and leafy produce in Hinton’s kitchen garden. In July a glorious flower meadow and sweetpea display pops up at The Vyne. Everywhere, lush lawns and benches invite picnics, and a chance to catch up with friends.

A colourful summer border at Mottisfont

Mottisfont 

The stars of the show at Mottisfont in early summer are undoubtedly the roses. There are thousands of them, and many varieties are for sale too. But you’ll also find borders packed with colour, from geraniums and peonies to sweet phlox and agapanthus. Fruit, veg and flowers fill the sunny kitchen garden – the perfect place to take a seat and relax.. A stroll alongside the crystal-clear river takes you to meadows beyond. Note: this year you need to pre-book your visit until 2 July.

Summer border of pink and purple flowers with stone steps in background

Hinton Ampner 

Discover this quintessential English country garden, with meandering paths, quirky topiary, and hidden dells - the perfect place to while away a summer's afternoon. Aside from its magnificent rose displays, there are borders of rich blue and pink colour from irises, foxgloves, peonies and alliums. Don’t miss the walled kitchen garden, where flowers mingle with fresh produce, and archways are smothered in beans and sweetpeas.

Flowers in a meadow with garden walls and mature trees in the background

The Vyne 

These formal gardens are a delight to wander through, full of colourful borders, clipped hedging and beautiful vistas. In high summer you’ll find a mini wildflower meadow in the walled garden – a rippling sea of red, blue and orange flowerheads, planted specially for pollinators. In high summer there are fragrant sweetpeas and dahlias too; you can pick up bunches to take home. Note: this year you need to book your visit in advance.

Flower-filled garden meadow at Uppark

Uppark 

In early summer, Uppark’s little wildflower meadow is full of flowers and nectar-hungry bees and butterflies. Mown paths allow you to walk into its centre, where you can sit and take in views over the countryside. Near to the café you’ll find a little scented garden to explore, filled with lilies, and later phlox and sweetpeas. In August a patchwork of flowers in purple, blue and orange bursts into bloom, known as ‘medieval tapestry’. Note: Uppark is closed on Tuesday and Wednesday until the end of June.

Sandham Garden of Reflection - Summer 2019

Sandham Memorial Chapel 

Set in a sleepy Hampshire village, this chapel of art and its intimate garden is a place to escape from summer crowds. A meadow orchard of soft grasses, wildflowers and seating beneath apple trees is a lovely place to picnic. In high summer fragrant Hidcote lavender attracts bees, butterflies and moths. Behind the chapel, the Garden of Reflection offers pretty cottage garden planting. Foxgloves, ladies mantle, heucheras and hostas, alliums, scabious and gerberas bring colour to the raised beds, with sweet peas in high summer. Note: Sandham is open Thursday to Sunday.