Summer gardens in London

As the summer sun sizzles, the gardens at our places near you are lush with foliage, striking colours and scented flowers. From the bountiful borders at Ham House and Garden, to the heady scents of the roses at Morden Hall Park - discover what’s new, and bring back some inspiration for your own garden. Wherever you choose to enjoy the summer scenes, you will keep the gardens looking grand.

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.

View of Morden Hall park with white bridge in background and weir in foreground

London National Park City Map  

A special National Trust edition of the London National Park City Map has been printed for National Park City Week 2018. It shows all the places looked after by the National Trust around London. Order your free copy here.