Gardens with magnolias

These goblet or star-shaped flowers found on garden trees or shrubs are much admired spring icons, and for good reason. Their colours range from pure white to deepest purple and they fill the spring air with a gorgeous scent. Flowering begins in early spring and lasts until late summer/early autumn.

A butterfly perched on a magnolia

Blickling Estate, Norfolk 

As the weather gets warmer Blickling begins to show its colours, with golden daffodils, bright tulips, and hellebores in shades of pink, plum, green and white. Take a stroll around the grounds to see this colourful display, and head to the West Garden to see beautiful magnolias.

Pink and white magnolia buds at Bodnant Garden, Conwy

Bodnant Garden, Wales 

Bodnant Garden is famous for its collections of plants from all around the world and among them are more than 500 magnolias. They thrive in the sheltered areas of the shrub borders and the dell. The towering Magnolia campbellii on the Croquet Terrace now has its head well above the wall.

Magnolia at Dudmaston in Shropshire

Dudmaston, Shropshire  

Spring is a beautiful time to visit Dudmaston, with rhododendrons, azaleas, daffodils and magnolias turning the garden into a riot of colour. There are magnolia trees dotted all around the American Garden but it’s worth finding the stunning Magnolia liliiflora variety in the clock tower border.

Magnolias out in bloom at Glendurgan Garden

Glendurgan Garden, Cornwall 

Pretty pink and white magnolias add a real splash of colour to Glendurgan in the springtime. Take a walk through the gardens to see spectacular magnolia displays as well as camellias, azaleas and wild flowers.

Magnolia in flower by the river at Greenway

Greenway, Devon 

Bright pink and white magnolia blooms herald the start of spring at Greenway. Take a stroll around the grounds of Agatha Christie’s beloved holiday home and find the magnolia tree planted by her husband Max Mallowan, which usually flowers in March.

Magnolia soulangeana 'Alba' at Hinton Ampner

Hinton Ampner, Hampshire 

Take a walk around this tranquil garden with beautifully manicured lawns and far-reaching views over the South Downs. The garden has a huge magnolia tree that reaches to the top of the house, as well as a magnolia walk which blooms with fragrant white and pink flowers in the springtime.

The magnolia tree blooming in the Menagerie Garden

Nostell Priory and Parkland, West Yorkshire 

Look out for the impressive magnolia in the Menagerie Garden, created in 1743. The Menagerie House, designed by Robert Adam, was once home to exotic species, from monkeys and colourful birds to lions.

Magnolias in the forecourt garden at Nymans

Nymans, West Sussex 

The collection of magnolias at Nymans is well-known, and one of the property’s spring highlights. The variety 'Leonard Messel’ was first cultivated at Nymans Garden in Sussex in the early 1950s, and has since become very popular for planting in domestic-sized gardens.

Spring Magnolia

Overbeck's, Devon 

This 20th-century garden is full of rare and tender plants from all over the world, which flourish in the mild local microclimate. The Himalayan Magnolia campbellii was planted on the lower terrace in 1901 and produces magnificent deep pink blooms each spring. Visit in February and March to see it at its most spectacular.

Magnolia Wilsonii in the garden at Rowallane, Co Down, Northern Ireland

Rowallane Garden, Northern Ireland 

Originally built for vegetables by the Reverend John Moore, the walled garden at Rowallane became more focused on ornamental planting under the supervision of his nephew, Hugh. Today it is a must see for magnolias, daphnes and azaleas. One of the magnolia trees is so tall that it can be seen from the car park when in bloom.

A Magnolia tree in full bloom in April

Sheffield Park and Garden, East Sussex 

This informal landscape garden was laid out in the 18th Century by ‘Capability’ Brown, and enhanced in the 20th Century by owner Arthur G. Soames, who planted most of the shrubs. Spring is a great time to visit, when the daffodils and bluebells are in bloom beneath a canopy of magnolias, rhododendrons and azaleas.

Magnolias at Sissinghurst Castle Garden

Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Kent 

Magnolias flower throughout this world-famous garden in springtime, but one area of the garden is especially worth visiting. Delos, named after a Greek island, becomes a carpet of colour in spring with pink chionodoxas, scillas and white anemones, looked over proudly by a Magnolia salicifolia and a large mauve rhododendron.

Magnolias at Trelissick Garden

Trelissick, Cornwall 

Our gardeners at Trelissick cultivate several varieties of magnolia, including Magnolia stellata. With its white, star-shaped flowers and light scent, it puts on a beautiful display in spring.

'Magnolia Campbelli' in full bloom, in the Walled Garden at Trengwainton Garden

Trengwainton Garden, Cornwall 

Take a stroll around Trengwainton in the early spring months to see Magnolia campbellii trees burst into life. Large, waxy flowers in various shades of pink, white and magenta bloom against bright blue skies. See if you can find one of the largest magnolia trees in the garden which is over 90 years old.

Visitors look at a magnolia tree at Winkworth Arboretum, Surrey

Winkworth Arboretum, Surrey 

Winkworth really comes to life in spring, with the magnolia blooms joined by cherry blossom and drifts of bluebells. The azalea walk is a mass of colour at the end of April, lining the path to the boathouse which overlooks the lake.