Spring gardens in Berkshire

Leaves are unfurling and buds are bursting into colour in our Berkshire gardens this spring, like the Cliveden parterre, where there are 22,000 bedding plants flanked on the banks by a carpet of blue Scilla siberica. Or at Basildon Park, the expansive lawn in front of the house is bright with yellow nodding trumpets of daffodils.

View of spring flowers in the pleasure grounds and a view overlooking the Thames Valley hills

Basildon Park 

If it’s daffodils you love, Basildon Park is a must. The expansive lawn in front of the house is bright with yellow nodding trumpets. The garden team planted lots of bulbs last year, so expect splashes of colour in new and unexpected places. Talking of unexpected, there's vivid and varied colour from new spring growth on trees. It’s such a contrast between the fresh lime green leaves of the beeches on the woodland walk and the surprise of the fluffy pink blossoms on the cherry trees that decorate the woodland.

Close up of white cherry blossom in the walled gardens at Greys Court

Greys Court 

At Greys Court, the traditional patchwork of spring bulbs in the bed by the maze is back by popular demand back this year. The geometric design is inspired by the pattern on Lady Brunner’s patchwork quilt. Scent is a strong feature too as the Wintersweet comes into its own in early spring along with the Sarcococca, followed by the Cherry blossom towards the end of March. There are so many varieties of cherry that the blossom display changes each week as different trees come into flower in sequence.

Daffodils alongside the Parterre at the National Trust's Cliveden in Buckinghamshire.

Cliveden 

Every corner of the estate will be brimming with life this spring. The camellias bloom in early spring in the water garden, followed by flowering cherries and magnolias. There's a dramatic display in the Long Garden, where you'll find a fresh display of 11,000 citrus coloured polyanthus in the four central beds. On the parterre, there are 22,000 bedding plants flanked on the banks by daffodils and a carpet of blue Scilla siberica on the western side.

Close up of daffodils

Nuffield Place 

Nuffield Place is a hidden gem that is often overlooked. It has a small but interesting garden with generous herbaceous borders. These start to come to life in spring throughout the Arts and Crafts inspired garden along with hundreds of daffodils dotted in bright patches around the grounds.

The summerhouse garden at The Vyne in spring

The Vyne 

Tulips, apple blossom and fire-cracking Ipomoea lobata are just some of the blooms to look out for as the year unfolds. Take a closer look at what's in store in the gardens this spring.