Late summer gardens in Hampshire

The long summer holidays may be over, but warm sunny days linger well into September. The crowds have gone and you can wander peacefully through these tranquil places full of late summer colour. At The Vyne and Hinton Ampner thousands of dahlias steal the show. Mottisfont's richly planted herbaceous borders provide a wonderful scented colour palette, from soft blues to oranges and hot pinks. Your visit will help our garden teams continue planting, pruning and propagating.

The herbaceous borders of the walled gardens at Mottisfont, Hampshire


The herbaceous borders in Mottisfont's famous walled garden provide a wonderful floral colour palette right through until October, showcasing a huge variety of flowering plants. It's a delight for the senses, with gorgeous scents and bright, eye-catching colours.

Close up photograph of orange dahlias

Hinton Ampner 

Dahlias are the star of the show at Hinton Ampner in late summer. There are thousands of blooms in pretty pastels and hot reds and oranges. Pop into the large walled garden to see swellling pumpkins and autumn fruits.

Dahlias in front of a greenhouse at The Vyne

The Vyne 

In early autumn, The Vyne's pretty orchard is full of fruit from heritage apple and pear trees, whilst its walled garden is awash with hundreds of exotic dahlias in a rainbow of colours.

Rudbeckia flower in September, yellow petals with blue disc

September gardens in and around West Sussex 

Make the most of the last rays of summer sun at gardens in and around Sussex. The borders are in full flight at Nymans in Handcross, while the garden at Standen, near East Grinstead, looks beautiful in the September light. Or take a chance to view late summer colour in the rose garden at Bateman's.

New Forest common in the autumn, Hampshire

Autumn walks in Hampshire

Our downloadable trails are an easy way to explore beautiful autumn landscapes. You'll find crystal-clear chalk streams and copper-coloured beech woods, expanses of burnished heath and wildlife-rch farmland. Look out for carpets of exotically shaped autumn fungi too.

Path running through towering beech trees with yellow autumn foliage

Autumn colour in Hampshire 

From October, our gardens and countryside are transformed into landscapes of rich autumn colour. The crimson and purple leaves of liquidamber trees create beautiful reflections across The Vyne's lake. At Hinton Ampner you'll find thousands of brightly coloured dahlias. Your visit will help us protect these landscapes for the future.