Summer gardens in London

The sun is shining and so are our London gardens. There's a kaleidoscope of colours for you to enjoy and sweet scents filling the air from Richmond to Rainham. From the Rose Garden of Morden Hall Park to the sizzling hot borders at Fenton House there are delights to discover in every corner of the capital.

A view through the Hornbeam arch to The Cherry Garden, or East Garden with its statue and foliage at Ham House, Richmond-upon-Thames, London

Ham House and Garden 

The sweet smell of lavender fills the Cherry Garden and the Kitchen Garden brims with tasty produce as summer arrives at Ham House and Garden. Recline in sunshine in the fountain garden and enjoy the aroma of the citrus fruits or roll out a blanket and tuck in to a picnic on the Plats.

A family looking at flowers in the rose garden at Morden Hall Park.

Morden Hall Park 

For almost a hundred years the rose garden at Morden Hall Park has delighted visitors with a profusion of colour. Now, their Garden Centre opens its sunny terrace and community show gardens for the first time too.

The Garden House at Osterley, Middlesex

Osterley Park and House 

The formal gardens at Osterley Park and House offer a relaxing retreat from urban life with herbaceous borders, roses and ornamental vegetables beds. Look out for the original Robert Adam summer house full of lemon trees and highly scented shrubs then take a break on the deckchairs on the temple lawn or a picnic in the ancient meadow, bursting with wildflowers and butterflies.

Fenton House exterior from the garden terrace

Fenton House and Garden 

Contrasting colours combine to create a vibrant display in the lawn boarder at Fenton House and Garden during the summer months. In the North Terrace cosmos and salvia stretch to impressive heights whilst in the Kitchen Garden and orchard the serious business of growing begins.

Views from the outdoor seating area at Rainham Hall

Rainham Hall 

Settle in to the sculpted amphitheatre and enjoy the sunshine as coral and ‘plum pudding’ poppies will emerge in the newly seeded wildflower meadow. See dragonflies and cinnabar moths move from the meadow to the mixed perennial boarder with its vibrant summer display.

View from the rose arch at Red House, Bexleyheath

Red House 

Daylilies and phlomis bring colour to the summer boarders at Red House as climbing roses clothe the house itself. Enjoy a sheltered walk among soft pinks and reds in the rose arch before settling down for a picnic as William Morris and his family would have done in the orchard.