Glorious summer gardens in and around East Sussex

From traditional rose beds at Bateman's, to herbaceous borders bursting full of colour at Scotney, our gardens are filled with vibrant colours, scented displays and relaxing spaces. Visit throughout the summer to see what’s new, and bring back some inspiration for your own garden. Every time you wander among the blooms, you help us plant new varieties for next year.

The rose garden and pond at Bateman’s, East Sussex


The crowning glory is the lily pond surrounded the delicious scent of roses filling the air. Climbers sprawl in a variety of colours, from deep red Rosa 'Ena Harkness' to primrose yellow Rosa 'Goldfinch'.

Scotney Castle summer Old Castle flower bed

Scotney Castle 

The Old Castle garden is stocked with perennial borders, as wisteria and old English roses adorn its sandstone walls. Surrounding herbaceous beds throw out new colours along the winding pathways. There's something for everyone, from the more formal areas around the castle, to wild flower meadows on the outer edges.

The White Garden in July at Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Kent

Sissinghurst Castle Garden 

In the White Garden, rosa mulliganii cascades over the central arbour with thousands of white, scented blooms. Meanwhile the Cottage Garden is a carpet of colour, and the wildflower meadows on the estate are coming into their own.

Smallhythe Place wild flowers

Smallhythe Place 

Summer starts with the air thick with the scent of roses at Smallhythe Place. Roam further afield and wild flowers carpet the ground beneath ancient orchard trees and the garden gives way to a bucolic borderland between marsh and hills.

Monk's House garden with Spring blooms and Church spire

The garden at Monks House

Created by Leonard Woolf, this English cottage garden is gorgeous whatever the season

Alfriston clergy house vegetable garden in summer

Alfriston Clergy House garden in summer

The garden at the Clergy House has been designed and developed within the principals of the Arts and Crafts cottage garden style, and contains many plants at their best in the summer months.