Spring gardens and countryside in Hampshire

Late spring sees Hampshire gardens and countryside bright with colour. At Hinton Ampner irises and lupins in cool blues, whites, reds and purples fill the south border. Early roses are beginning to appear in Mottisfont's famous walled garden. where bedding plants and spring bulbs display bright darts of colour. In early May the woodlands surrounding The Vyne, Hinton and Mottisfont are full of native bluebells and other wildflowers such as violets and yellow celandines. If you keep to woodland paths you'll get great views and help protect these fragile flowers at the same time.

Floral borders in the walled garden at Mottisfont in spring

Mottisfont 

You're in for a real treat if you visit Mottisfont this spring. The gardeners have planted thousands of mixed, naturalising bulbs across the gardens. The walled garden is full of pink and purple bedding plants, and in nearby Great Copse wood you'll discover carpets of bluebells in May.

In May you'll find shows of frothy cherry blossom at Hinton Ampner

Hinton Ampner 

This garden is a plantsman's delight in spring. Irises and lupins fill the south border, and in the pretty walled garden zingy green salad crops are starting to appear. You'll also find the cut flower border, packed with beautiful blooms, including delphiniums and alstroemeria. Beyond the gardens, carpets of bluebells litter Hinton's woods in early May.

A picture of Ipomoea lobata in the Summerhouse Garden at The Vyne

The Vyne 

In spring, The Vyne’s summer bedding reveals the flame-red, cream and yellow stems of stately Spanish flags. In the walled garden the lush foliage of traditional hops is gradually creating an arched walkway. Close by, frothy apple blossom litters the orchard, and across the field, The Vyne’s woodlands are filled with fragrant bluebells.

Close up of holly blue butterfly on green leaf

A butterfly paradise 

Over 30 species of butterfly thrive at Stockbridge Down - it's a wildlife oasis. A summer walk may bring you into contact with grizzled skippers, dark green fritillaries and pretty holly blues, as well as rarity the pearl-bordered fritillary. They like the diversity of wildflowers, which flourish here under ranger Cat Hadler's careful management.

A Dartford warbler

The New Forest 

In spring the New Forest is a terrific place to take in the glorious sounds, as well as sights, of birds. This is nesting season and we've got some tips on what to look out for, and how to help protect ground-nesting birds at the same time. Find out about our guided walks too, from 6 May.