Gardens and parks in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight

September is a wonderful time to visit our gardens – there’s still plenty of floral colour to take in, and it’s usually quieter too. Soak up the last rays of summer sun on a stroll through Hinton Ampner’s kitchen garden, full of dahlias, and fruit and vegetables ready for harvest. You’ll find more dahlias at The Vyne, and an orchard of apples and plums, some of which you can take home. Mottisfont’s walled garden borders display a colourful pastel palette, and the trees arching over the riverside walk catch the low summer sun to create beautiful reflections.

There are plenty of places to sit and soak up the views. Every visit you make helps to support the continued care of these places.

Floral colour in two wide borders with gravel path through the middle


In September, the herbaceous borders in Mottisfont’s walled garden still display a pretty palette of flowering plants. The kitchen garden is full of colour too, as we approach harvest time. Vegetables and herbs fill the beds, and later, the pergola walkways will be covered in bright hanging gourds. In the Gardener’s Cottage you’ll find gardening tips and ideas for the coming season.

Big pink dahlia flowers in the foreground, with house behind

Hinton Ampner 

Hinton Ampner packs a floral punch in autumn, thanks to thousands of dahlias. Look out for stripey-pink Mystic Dreamer mixed with hot pink Fascination in the kitchen garden. In the sunken garden, borders are packed with pink and purple blooms from dahlias, salvias and fragrant nicotiana. Throughout October we’re celebrating harvest, with new displays in the gardens and in the house.

Flower meadow in foreground with black wooden hut and brick wall in background

The Vyne 

The Vyne’s walled garden meadow continues to provide a swathe of soft pastel flowerheads in early September. Its long dahlia border is a rainbow of colours too, and in the fruit orchard you’ll find heritage apple varieties with wonderful names like Easter Orange. By the lake, liquidamber trees are slowly changing colour, creating beautiful purple reflections in the water.

Two people walking beside an autumn flower border and high wall

Uppark House and Garden 

Uppark's sugar maple and tulip trees start to turn shades of red and yellow. Sedums, hydrangea, cyclamen and Japanese anemones provide splashes of pink colour. Lining the approach to the gardens, towering beech trees slowly create a canopy of gold and russet foliage. There are spectacular views too - over an autumnal South Downs landscape. shades.

Sandham in the summer 2019

Sandham Memorial Chapel 

Behind this chapel lies an intimate, cottage-style garden, brimming with flowers in early autumn. Mauve and red asters and sedums mingle with white and pink Japanese anemones in this tranquil spot - the Garden of Reflection. In the front, Sandham’s little apple orchard is full of historic apple varieties, some of which you can take home, for a small donation. Please book to visit.

Large colourful flower borders with gravel path in the middle

Mottistone Gardens 

The warm, sheltered gardens at Mottistone mean that colourful flowers and plants continue to bloom here, well into early autumn. Some plants even prefer this time of year and are only now starting to reveal their full colour. Discover late summer highlights and far-reaching views in this tranquil garden that’s a treat for the senses.