Summer gardens in and around Hampshire

The sweet fragrance of summer fills the air as thousands of roses burst into bloom at Mottisfont and Hinton Ampner. There's eye-popping colour everywhere you look at this time of year, from The Vyne's magnificent dahlia border of rainbow hues, to kitchen gardens brimming with lush salads and pretty companion planting.

There are plenty of places to sit and soak up the views or relax with a picnic. You'll find cut flowers and plants for sale too. Every time you stop to smell the roses you're helping to support their continued care.

Path through walled garden with borders of blue and white flowers on both sides


The huge borders in Mottisfont's walled garden are packed with floral delights. Geraniums, agapanthus and lilies mingle with sweetly scented phlox and pinks. Fragrant lavender hedges line the paths. The adjoining kitchen garden is also brimming with bright flowers, mingling with delicious leafy produce.

Verbascum olympicum in July at Hinton Ampner

Hinton Ampner 

In early summer swathes of elegant irises take centre stage at Hinton Ampner, in cool blues, whites, reds and purples. Over 90 varieties of repeat-flowering roses produce delicious fragrance into August and in the walled garden leafy salads mingle with delphiniums, alstroemeria and sweetpeas. From high summer, exotically-coloured dahlias create dramatic impact across the gardens.

Bright pink dahlia flowers with greenhouse in background

The Vyne 

The Vyne’s summerhouse garden reveals silver fountains of trailing dichondra, underplanted with deliciously scented purple-blue heliotrope. The west garden’s borders are filled with yellow and blue historic flower varieties, and the kitchen garden’s magnificent dahlia border reveals a rainbow-like mix of colours, from soft pastel pinks to vibrant oranges.

Flower-filled garden meadow at Uppark


Perched high above the South Downs, Uppark''s pretty wildflower meadow is the perfect spot from which to soak up the panoramic views over summer countryside. You'll also discover a mini scented garden filled with fragrant garden lilies and philadelphus.

A view across a green garden of lawn, with trees, outbuildings and benches

Sandham Memorial Chapel 

You'll find two very different little gardens here, tucked away in the tranquil Hampshire village of Burghclere. A meadow orchard reveals soft grasses, wildflowers and seating beneath its fruit trees. The Garden of Reflection offers pretty traditional cottage garden planting in soft colours.