Spring gardens in Thames and Chilterns

After the long sleep of winter, nature is awakening. Leaves are unfurling and buds are bursting into colour in our Buckinghamshire and Berkshire gardens this spring. From the camellias should blooming in early spring in the water garden at Cliveden to the dramatic parterre at Hughenden, what will you discover this spring?

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


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.

Daffodils and scillas in the grounds of Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire

Waddesdon Manor 

Washes of colour fill the garden at this time of year, with the parterre predominantly blue, yellow and orange. In late May our gardeners begin the summer bedding changeover so expect stunning displays of petunia, begonia and marigolds in our bedding.

The parterre and south front of the house at Hughenden, Buckinghamshire


In spring, the parterre at Hughenden is planted in red, yellow, black and white beds to represent Benjamin Disraeli’s coat of arms. The red beds are heuchera, pansy and tulip, the yellows are primroses, winter aconite and winter imperial bulbs. The black beds are full of dramatic orphiopogon, ajuga and lothomyrtus. Delicate snowdrops, pansies and hellebores make up the white.

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.

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.

Purple crocus in the winter sunlight


As spring develops at Stowe, walk to find pockets of daffodils covering the hills, Wood and Blue anemones on the rocky banks, Turks head tulips, Crocuses, Snake's head and imperial fritillaries and Aconites to name a few, sitting in the backdrop of Grecian style temples.

the garden at Chastleton House

Chastleton House and Garden 

Stroll through our garden and discover our Jacobean garden with a 400 year old tree, kitchen garden, stunning topiary and even some bee hives.