Spring gardens in and around East Sussex

Vibrant yellows, blue hues and pastel shades fill the gardens and countryside in and around East Sussex this spring. Don’t miss the early spring bulbs and later flowering rhododendrons at Scotney Castle, the cheerful blue Cillas in the wild garden at Bateman’s or Sissinghurst Castle’s world-famous garden ablaze with spring flowers. From the first tender snowdrop to the colourblock drama of daffodils and bluebells, appreciating spring’s procession of flowers carries us through those still-chilly days to warmer times.

The orchard in April

Sissinghurst Castle Garden 

Spring sees the start of the early season bloom, particularly along the limewalk. Another sight not to miss is the orchard, which will be brimming with daffodils and crocuses.

Scotney spring view daffs

Scotney Castle 

Stroll around 30 acres of garden with colourful displays of flowers and the castle’s reflection in the still moat. The parkland estate trail takes you through Wealden countryside where the first lambs of the season play in the fields.

Batemans Garden Spring


Find a carpet of snowdrops in the Wild Garden from early spring, shortly followed by colour from narcissi, scilllas and wood anemones. Look out for frogs and toads on the ponds too.

Smallhythe Place daffodils

Smallhythe Place 

Actress Ellen Terry called Smallhythe her “daffodilly farm” and it's easy to see why. The idyllic garden gem plays host to a carpet of the iconic yellow flowers in spring.

Bluebells in Walk Wood at Sheffield Park and Garden

Spring at Sheffield Park

Sheffield Park - with our shimmering sweeps of lake, woodlands glowing with bluebells, bustling rhododendrons and a vast parkland you can lose yourself in - is the perfect spot to energise and feel the excitement of the land awakening.

Colourful tulips in the sun on the terrace at Alfriston Clergy House

The garden in spring

The orchard at Alfriston Clergy House is full of blossom in spring and the garden is bright with bulbs. Come and take a seat, bring a book and relax.