Glorious summer gardens in Kent

From traditional rose beds at Chartwell, to a kaleidoscopic cutting garden at Ightham Mote, 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 the following year.

The roses and fountain at Emmetts Garden, a National Trust place in Kent

Emmetts Garden 

Wildflowers in the meadow are a riot of colour among the long grasses. The beds across the garden are bursting with buds of magnolia, azalea and rhododendron around every corner and the pink shades of the rose garden fill the hillside with scent.

The summer herbacious border is blooming, and climbing roses adorn the rustic archways

Ightham Mote 

Discover glorious herbaceous borders and fabulous floral displays in the gardens at Ightham Mote this summer. A kaleidoscope of colour can be seen throughout the garden. From the Cutting Garden, with its sweet peas and scented lavender, to the array of blooms in the stable courtyard and the wildflower meadow in the orchard, there is something to catch the eye at every turn.

The golden rose avenue at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

Chartwell 

Sir Winston Churchill’s family home is alive with colour from technicolour sweat peas to blooming lilies and majestic weigela. The majestic Golden Rose Avenue is also in its prime. Fifty varieties of rose total in excess of four hundred individual blooms.

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.

The herb garden at Quebec House, a National Trust property in Kent

Quebec House 

Long blooming flowers in the Coach House cutting border frame the garden. Pleached Limes and timeless rose varieties hark back to General Wolfe’s day. Pause awhile on a secluded bench in the sunshine.