Our best spring gardens

Shake off those winter blues and lift your spirits in a fresh spring garden. From beds of colourful tulips to buds of delicate blossom, our gardens are finally waking up. We've selected some of the very best places for you to enjoy the delights of spring.

The gardens are in full spring bloom at Hidcote

Hidcote, Gloucestershire 

Experience the richness and diversity of plants from around the world at Hidcote. Enjoy drifts of narcissus and later aquilegias and Welsh poppies in the Pillar Garden, the blossom-filled orchard blooming with wild flowers and magnificent magnolias filling the skies with a warm pink glow.

Red hot pokers brighten up Greenway's borders

Greenway, Devon 

With nearly 35 acres of stunning woodland garden dropping steeply down to the River Dart, and a wealth of interesting and rare plants from around the world, Greenway garden is definitely worth a visit in springtime. Between February and May, spring flowers will be out in full bloom with the likes of magnolias, camellias and rhododendrons stealing the show.

Azaleas and rhododendron with the wooden bridge near the pond at Trengwainton Garden, Cornwall

Trengwainton, Cornwall 

Traditionally known as the National Trust’s earliest flowering spring garden, there are breath-taking displays of magnolias, rhododendrons and camellias throughout spring at Trengwainton. Follow winding, wooded paths, find picnic spots by the stream or sit in quiet corners and breathe in the peace of this special place.

Magnificent magnolias at Nymans

Nymans, West Sussex 

Nymans garden has an amazing collection of rare and important plants, bursting with colour during the spring months. One of the highlights is the walled garden, perfumed with the scent of daffodils, wild flowers and blossom. Take a walk in the woodland and wild garden to see all that Nymans has to offer at this time of year.

The spring planting of red, orange and yellow tulips, euphorbia and wallflowers in the Cottage Garden at Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Kent

Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Kent 

Soak up the sights and scents of spring with a wander through Sissinghurst Castle Garden. Enjoy the rich, warm colours of the cottage garden and discover a bank of bright yellow azaleas on the Moat Walk.

The restaurant at Wimpole with daffodils in the garden

Wimpole, Cambridgeshire 

Lift the spirits after a long winter with a visit Wimpole’s Pleasure Grounds. See glorious drifts of bright yellow daffodils, and breathe in their subtle floral scents. In the Walled Garden orchard see small Snake’s Head fritillaries and tulips nodding their heads in the breeze, awaiting the fall of blossom confetti from the fruit trees above.

The Parterre Garden at Blickling Estate, Norfolk

Blickling, Norfolk 

Blickling’s 55 acre garden is one of the greatest in England. You'll find daffodils and bluebells, azaleas and rhododendron, wisteria and peonies as well as quiet places to sit and enjoy the view. If you want to get away from it all try and find the secret garden - a great place for quiet contemplation and to listen to the spring bird chorus.

Snakes head fritillary

Croome, Worcestershire 

Take a spring-time stroll around the grounds at Croome and experience the sweet, heady scent of the season. From the delicate fragrance of honeysuckle to luxuriant bloom of lilacs, it's a feast for all the senses. For wildflowers, seek out the statue of Pan which is surrounded by wild tulips, dog toothed violets, snakes head fritillary and anemone. On the island you’ll find banks of primroses and cowslips.

Hardwick hall with magnolia flowers in the foreground

Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire 

Spring is truly a time of celebration at Hardwick, with colourful spring bulbs and magnolias blooming throughout the parkland and lambs leaping in the Wine Glass. Take a stroll around the Oak walk and see the colourful carpet of bluebells in Lodge Wood, or explore the vegetable plot, where preparation is well under way for some delicious crops.

The crocus in the winter garden

Sizergh, Cumbria 

Tucked away outside of Kendal, Sizergh has beautiful gardens and 1600 acres of estate to explore. During spring see the brightly coloured tulips on the top terrace, walk beneath cherry blossom in the Dutch garden and enjoy the spring colours in the rock garden.

Bluebells carpert the woodland floor at Fountains Abbey

Fountains Abbey, North Yorkshire 

Explore the ruins of the twelfth-century Fountains Abbey and spot dainty spring flowers breaking through this stunning landscape. Look out for primroses and wood anemones and catch the scent of wild garlic in the woods around the abbey.

The parterre in spring at Bodnant Garden, Conwy

Bodnant, Conwy 

Bodnant’s grand terraced lawns, renowned collection of rhododendrons and a gloriously romantic waterfall make it one of the most celebrated gardens in Wales. Spring is the perfect season to visit the laburnum arch, which will be in full bloom by late May.

Doronicum bring a splash of colour to Erddig's gardens in spring

Erddig, Wrexham 

In spring, the orchard at Erddig is filled with long grass and apple trees in blossom. Take a springtime stroll to find late flowering pheasant’s eye narcissus and delicate snake’s head fritillaries.

Detail of meconopsis, blue poppies in the walled garden at Rowallane, Co Down, Northern Ireland

Rowallane Garden, County Down 

Rowallane contains a treasure trove of exotic plants from around the world and springtime is one of the most exciting times to visit. The magical walled garden is a must see for the magnolias, daphnes and azaleas, while the enormous and much-admired collection of rhododendrons is the true star of the show.