Spring gardens and countryside in Hampshire

Spring sees Hampshire gardens and countryside bright with colour. Thousands of new bulbs have been planted at Mottisfont, from scented narcissi beneath the trees, to tulips in the rose garden. You'll find a rainbow of tulip colours in The Vyne's summerhouse garden too, and at Hinton Ampner, clusters of cherry blossom. In late spring, our woodlands 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.

Daffodils in bloom in front of the font stream at Mottisfont, Hampshire

Mottisfont 

You're in for a real treat if you visit Mottisfont this spring. The gardeners have planted thousands of mixed, naturalising bulbs. Cyclamen and crocus, snakeshead fritillary and tulips are scattered across the gardens, in soft pinks, creams, and ruby reds. Nearby, Great Copse wood is carpeted with bluebells in late spring.

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

Hinton Ampner 

From fragrant narcissi and bright tulips in the walled garden, to drooping pink blossoms in the cherry orchard, this garden is a plantsman's delight in spring. The Magnolia Walk is a particular highlight, and further afield, bluebells litter Hinton's woods from late April. *Note: call in advance of your visit - some parts of the garden are closed because of water-logging.

Close up of Princess Irene orange and red tulips with hedge in background

The Vyne 

In early spring The Vyne's summerhouse garden is full of bright tulips. Traditional hops variety like Fuggle are gradually covering an arched walkway through the walled garden. Close by, the orchard will soon be full of fruit blossom and humming insects, and the woods deep in fragrant bluebells.

Close up of holly blue butterfly on green leaf

Stockbridge Down 

Over 30 species of butterfly thrive at Stockbridge Down - a wildlife oasis. From spring into summer look out for grizzled skippers, marbled whites, dark green fritillaries and holly blues, among others. Declining varieties such as the Duke of Burgundy and pearl-bordered fritillary can also be spotted. Careful habitat management means their food sources, such as wildflowers, can flourish here.

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 spring guided walks too, on 22 April and 6 May.