Summer gardens in and around Hampshire

The sweet fragrance of summer roses fills the air. Dusky blooms spill out into Mottisfont's walled garden and along Hinton Ampner's grassy terraces. There's eye-popping colour everywhere you look at this time of year, from The Vyne's magnificent dahlia border to kitchen gardens brimming with lush leafy salads. Every time you stop to smell the roses you're helping to support their continued care.

Summer flowers in the walled gardens at Mottisfont, Hampshire


Until early summer the stars of the show at Mottisfont are undoubtedly its glorious rose collection. Then the walled gardens' richly planted herbaceous borders take centre stage. You’ll discover geraniums, asters, lilies, phlox, Shasta daisies and nepata, to name just a few. Soft blues, pinks and whites are in the centre of the borders, with stronger colours at the ends - dark pinks, yellows, oranges. They draw your eye along the length of the border.

Verbascum olympicum in July at Hinton Ampner

Hinton Ampner 

Hinton Ampner is bursting with floral colour in summer. Discover swathes of elegant irises in cool blues, whites, reds and purples. The walled kitchen garden is brimming with leafy produce and a cut flower border full of delphiniums, alstroemeria and richly scented sweetpeas. Make the most of your visit on a free Tuesday afternoon guided garden tour.

hundreds of colourful dahlia flowers in a big walled garden border

The Vyne 

The Vyne's summerhouse garden has been replanted in fiery floral shades of scarlet, amber and deep purple. The orchard is filled with wildflowers and the sound of humming bees. In the walled garden you'll find the star of the show - a magnificent dahlia border in all colours of the rainbow.

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.

Sandham Memorial Chapel  Burghclere Hampshire

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.