September gardens in Kent

As long summer nights give way to cooler days, the colours in our gardens across Kent slide gently into warming tones. The holidays may be over but many shrubs, climbers and herbaceous perennials are still looking their best. Pay a visit to see the glowing red and golds in the South Garden at Sissinghurst Castle Garden or the colourful show of Dahlias at Chartwell. Every time you admire the flowers you help us plant displays for next year.

vegetable patch in the kitchen garden at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent


Catch the last of the summer fruit and vegetables in the kitchen garden, or meander down to the rock garden to see the water cascade into Sir Winston Churchill's swimming pool below.

The north lake with trees in full leaf

Ightham Mote 

Admire display of flowers and foliage along the long herbaceous border throughout September. Make the most of late summer sun in a deckchair in the pleasure grounds, or catch the orchard in early sunlight towards the end of the month.

South Cottage Garden at Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Kent

Sissinghurst Castle Garden 

Warm reds and gold mark out the South Cottage Garden, which is a riot of colour in late summer. Embark on a leisurely stroll across the 460 acre estate to admire the changing tones into autumn.

The Persian silk tree at Emmetts Garden, a National Trust property in Kent

Emmetts Garden 

Visit the South Garden in September to see the Persian silk tree in its final throws of summer colour, or catch the first sweet scents from the burnt toffee tree as we move into autumn. Emmetts is truly a garden for all seasons.

Apple in the orchard

Smallhythe Place 

In late August and throughout September, a variety of trees and hedgerows will come to fruition, with a bumper harvest of cherries, apples and cobnuts in the nuttery.

Down by the boathouse at Scotney Castle, Kent

Scotney Castle 

Rolling herbaceous beds throw out new colours throughout the seasons. Wander to Kilndown to catch the beech avenue in early bloom, or see if the 100-year-old purple cut-leaved Japanese Maples have come out to play.