Glorious summer gardens in and around East Sussex

From traditional rose beds at Bateman's, to curated clouds of azaleas at Scotney, our gardens are filled with vibrant colours, scented displays and relaxing spaces. Head Gardeners in and around East Sussex reveal their top tips to enjoy the best of the beds this summer. Find out 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 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. "Look out for the new quince trees we've planted here" says Head Gardener Troy. Meanwhile the Cottage Garden is a carpet of colour, and newly planted meadows on the estate are coming into their own.

The garden in spring at Scotney Castle

Scotney Castle 

The walled garden is stocked with fruit trees and velvety roses, as wisteria and old English roses adorn its sandstone walls. Surrounding herbaceous beds throw out new colours along the winding pathways. Garden and Estate Manager Paul caters to all tastes. "There's something for everyone. From the more formal areas around the castle, to wild flower meadows on the outer edges."

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


The delicious scent of roses fills the air. Climbers sprawl in a variety of colours, from deep red Rosa 'Ena Harkness' to primrose yellow Rosa 'Goldfinch'. Gardens & Estate Manager Len says “For me, the crowning glory is the lily pond." This year you'll find giant sunflowers amongst sweetcorn, tomatoes and purple mangetout. "The fusion of food and flower is the ultimate companion planting scheme" adds Len.

Smallhythe Place wild flowers

Smallhythe Place 

Over 50 variations of summer roses create a carpet of colour in this tiny Kentish garden. Head Gardener Jon says, “Last July we weakened the grass and sowed more flower seeds. The work has helped increase the diversity of flora and improve the habitat for wildlife." Check in on progress on the new rose pergola, being restored to how it was in Ellen Terry's day.