Summer gardens in Sussex

With the long, refreshing days of summer to look forward to, it’s time to make the most of nature – and what better way to celebrate nature’s delights than with a visit to a garden in Sussex. The summer borders at Nymans, Bateman's and Standen, Capability Brown landscapes at Sheffield Park and Petworth, contemporary garden at Woolbeding and charming cottage garden at Alfriston Clergy House are all yours to explore.

Colourful summer borders in the gardens at Nymans, West Sussex

Summer borders at Nymans

From planting out in early May, until the first frosts of autumn, the display in the Wall Garden is a feast for all the senses.

A view of the gardens and house at Standen, from Grandfather's Walk, with its replanted lime trees

Standen's Garden Revival

Find out about our ambitious restoration project to restore the gardens to the Arts and Crafts-inspired vision of Margaret Beale at the turn of the 20th century.

Historic image of standen from the croquet lawn

Exhibition: Standen Revived - Mrs Beale's global garden

For those wishing to delve deeper into the history of the garden revival, this exhibition will look at the people and places that influenced Mrs Beale with the garden at Standen. Sat 6 May – Sun 3 Sept 11am-4pm. Free, normal admission applies.

A garden of flowers

The glory of the garden at Bateman’s

Hear what the head gardener says about the garden inspiration left by owner Rudyard Kipling.

Enjoy breathtaking views towards the South Downs

Petworth Park: a landscape masterpiece

Find out more about what you can do in the 700 acre Petworth Park from the walks you can wander, the wildlife you can see and further information about dog walking and access.

The mansion house at Woolbeding Gardens

A Garden of Design

Woolbeding Estate was given to the National Trust in 1957, find out more about how Woolbeding was transformed into a garden of design.

Alfriston clergy house vegetable garden in summer

Alfriston Clergy House garden in summer

The garden at the Clergy House has been designed and developed within the principals of the Arts and Crafts cottage garden style, and contains many plants at their best in the summer months.

Monk's House garden with Spring blooms and Church spire

The garden at Monks House

Created by Leonard Woolf, this English cottage garden is gorgeous whatever the season

Sketch of Sheffield Park, East Sussex in late 1700s

Capability Brown at Sheffield Park 

This gardening great was the first major influence on the Sheffield Park landscape. Read on to discover what remains of his work.