Spring gardens and countryside

Late spring sees Hampshire gardens and countryside awash with colour. The Vyne's pretty orchard is filled with apple blossom and the gentle buzzing of bees. Tulips and narcissi litter Hinton Ampner's walled garden, and peonies start to unfurl. In the cool woods adjoining Mottisfont and Hinton, you'll spot tiny white anemoones, violets and yellow celandine.

White spring blossom on a tree next to the house

Mottisfont 

In spring Mottisfont's huge plane trees unfurl bright green canopies of fresh foliage. The winter garden continues to show fresh floral colour and scent, whilst in the walled garden, early roses are already in full bloom. Nearby Spearywell woods is littered with fragile anemones and violets.

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

Hinton Ampner 

From fragrant narcissi and tulips to frothy apple, pear and cherry blossom, this garden is awash with floral delights in spring. From late April the nearby woods are dressed in a vibrant green canopy as beech trees reveal their spring foliage.

A butterfly nestles on meadow flowers

Stockbridge Down 

Over 30 species of butterfly thrive at Stockbridge Down. Declining varieties such as the Duke of Burgundy and pearl-bordered fritillary can be spotted here, encouraged through careful habitat management.

Apple blossom on an old tree in May in the gardens at Llanerchaeron, near Aberaeron, Ceredigion, Wales

The Vyne 

Fragrant lilac and wisteria are just some of the sights to look out for in spring at The Vyne. As the season progresses the orchard and walled garden reveal pastel coloured fruit blossoms.

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 top tips on how to help protect our ground-nesting birds whilst you enjoy watching them. Find out about our spring guided walks too.