Summer gardens in the East of England

Many gardens are at their peak during the summer months, with striking floral displays full of colour and scent. Enjoy a wander around some of our favourite gardens in the East of England, where your visit is helping to care for these horticultural delights, for many more summers to come.

The rose garden at Anglesey Abbey

Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire 

With the arrival of summer, the herbaceous borders at Anglesey Abbey are packed full of colour and there’s a heady scent coming from the Rose Garden. If you follow the circular walk, you'll discover the natural beauty of the wildflower meadows buzzing with wildlife. Why not do a spot of cloud watching in the Skylight Garden?

View across the Parterre towards Blickling Hall

Blickling Estate, Norfolk 

The garden comes into its own at this time of year, with summer planting as high as your waist and a colour palette moving from hot to cool. The double borders as well as the parterre in full flower, provide quite the floral impact and the walled garden will be quite the hive of activity.

Dovecot at Felbrigg seen through the arch

Felbrigg Hall, Norfolk 

Explore Felbrigg’s Walled Garden with its double borders as well as the wonderfully exotic Mediterranean plants that grow here. You might even be inspired to grow your own. Look out for some of our more unusual varieties too.

View of the back of the Rotunda and gardens from the garden steps at Ickworth

Ickworth, Suffolk 

The Italianate Garden at Ickworth with its tightly clipped hedging and immaculately kept lawn encircling the stunning Rotunda, contrast with the vibrant wildflower meadow in the Walled Garden. And if it gets too hot, enjoy the shade of the Stumpery with its ferns and up-turned stumps.

Visitors standing by the parterre in bloom

Oxburgh Hall, Norfolk 

The Bedingfeld family, who still live at Oxburgh, were inspired to create a Parterre after a trip to France. See it come into its own this summer, when over 6,500 bedding plants that are grown in the greenhouses here, reach full bloom.

Family walking in the garden at Paycocke's

Paycocke’s, Essex 

Our volunteers have worked green-fingered miracles restoring the cottage garden at Paycocke’s, a hidden arts and crafts gem with surprising industrial roots. The most striking feature during the summer is the Hidcote lavender beds, which create quite the sea of colour and smell.

Peckover House and Garden

Peckover House & Garden, Cambridgeshire 

The two-acre Victorian garden at Peckover House has hidden corners, paths and the occasional touch of the exotic, an urban oasis in Wisbech. Complete with orangery, summer-houses, croquet lawn and a number of floral borders that are a sensory delight at this time of year.

Couple walking their dog on the main drive at Sheringham

Sheringham Park, Norfolk 

Famous for its vast collection of rhododendrons and azaleas, the last owner, Tom Upcher, would hold rhododendron champagne parties in the 1950s to show them off. You’ll still be able to enjoy late flowering rhododendrons in the summer months, as well as the wild flower meadow.

The Walled garden at Wimpole with herbaceous borders in front of the glasshouse

Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire 

Over 180,000 bulbs will be blooming at Wimpole this summer. The Pleasure Grounds will be a delight for the eyes with swathes of purple, white and yellow blooms producing a spectacular show. With a huge variety of summer bulbs from alliums to camassia there is something to inspire the expert horticulturalist and amateur alike.

When you come to see flowers emerge, it helps us care for historic gardens

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