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.

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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.

Spring and Summer at Sheffield Park

Summer days out at Sheffield Park

Discover a garden that excites the senses. Summer brings vibrant blooms filling the place with colour and perfume. Winding paths, grand trees, lakes, cascades and bridges provide a varied landscape to explore as well as quiet spots to stretch out a picnic blanket.