Gardens and parks in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight

Our Hampshire gardens are awash with colour from early spring. Thousands of sunny daffodils litter the lawns at Mottisfont. You’ll find glorious displays of lilac and yellow tulips, and hyacinths too. At The Vyne daffodils fringe the path through the walled garden, and rich pink and purple tulips fill the summerhouse garden’s borders. A palette of pink, yellow and tangerine tulips litter the grounds at Hinton Ampner. In the walled garden, the cut flower border creates a rainbow of changing colour as the weeks go by.

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Daffodils in bloom in the winter garden at Mottisfont, Hampshire

Mottisfont 

Large drifts of narcissi flower beneath giant veteran trees and in the Winter Garden. In March, Mottisfont’s magnificent magnolia bursts into bloom, and later, thousands of blue chionodoxa flowers carpet the lime avenue. Lilac and yellow tulips mingle with early produce in the kitchen garden, and if you stroll through the nearby meadow you might see ‘chequered’ snakeshead fritillaries, narcissi, ‘wild’ tulips, even orchids.

Pink tulips in a flower border with mushroom shaped topiary in background

Hinton Ampner 

Hinton Ampner really comes into its own in spring. Thousands of autumn-planted bulbs burst into bloom, from richly scented narcissi to numerous varieties of tulip, including candy-pink Huis Ten Bosch in the sunken garden. In the walled kitchen garden you’ll find tulips yellow Big Smile, orange Ballerina and red Apeldoorn Elite. The cut flower border is a changing rainbow of colour from March onwards, and nearby, frothy pink and white blossom begins to fill the cherry orchard.

A picture of The Vyne grounds in spring

The Vyne 

Daffodils light up The Vyne’s gardens in early spring, with drifts on the South Drive by the mansion, and hundreds lining the path through the walled garden. You’ll find fresh bunches for sale in the little kiosk there too. In the Wild Garden they bloom in the grass beneath the cherry trees, which in April reveal almond-scented white blossom. In late spring, rich pink and purple tulips provide splashes of vivid colour in the summerhouse garden, together with blue star-shaped carmassia, and elegant-stemmed yellow crown imperials.