Summer gardens in London

As the summer sun sizzles the gardens at our special places in London become lush with foliage and bright displays of colour. At Fenton House and Garden stems bow under the weight of roses, while across London a display of poppies pop up in the wildflower meadow at Rainham Hall. When you come to enjoy the summer scenes, you keep the gardens looking grand.

Fenton House exterior from the garden terrace

Fenton House and Garden 

Escape the busy city by relaxing in the enchanting garden at Fenton House, remarkably unchanged since the 1700s.

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.

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.

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.

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.