Summer gardens in the South East

From waterlilies in the lakes at Sheffield Park in Sussex, rambling roses at the world-famous rose garden at Mottisfont in Hampshire to the secret garden charms of the garden at Fenton House in Hampstead, London, you're bound to find a blaze of glorious garden colour at your local National Trust garden in the South East.

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Many gardens are at their peak during the summer months, busting with scented roses, vibrant peonies and glorious bedding schemes. It's a wonderful time to visit summer gardens in Buckinghamshire.

Ballerina hoops with clematis and crab apple plants in blossom


In and around Berkshire, our places are bursting with wisteria, scented roses and vibrant peonies. Soak up the summer in the rose gardens at Basildon Park, Greys Court and Cliveden and see meadows and borders full of colour at Nuffield Place and The Vyne.

The cottage garden in the summer at Sissinghurst Castle Garden

In and around East Sussex 

From June to August see vibrant colours and lush greenery at places like Bateman's and Sissinghurst Castle Garden.


Dusky blooms spill out into Mottisfont's walled garden and along Hinton Ampner's grassy terraces. There's eye-popping colour everywhere you look at this time of year, from The Vyne's magnificent dahlia border to kitchen gardens brimming with lush leafy salads.

Azaleas in bloom with a view over Kent at Emmetts Garden, a National Trust property in Kent


From traditional rose beds at Chartwell, to curated clouds of azaleas at Scotney, the gardens we look after in Kent are filled with vibrant colours, scented displays and relaxing spaces.

Rich aromas and vibrant colour fill the flowerbeds in the Pleasure Ground gardens in June at Osterley, London


See summer sizzle as colourful displays and brilliant bouquets emerge at our special places across the capital. From the bountiful kitchen garden at Ham House and Garden to the heady summer scents of the Morden Hall Park's traditional roses.


In and around West Sussex

With vibrant displays of flowers and long, warm days to look forward to, summer is the time to make the most of nature. Colourful summer borders are yours to explore at Nymans, Bateman's and Standen or discover the Capability Brown landscapes at Sheffield Park and Petworth.

A gravel path between two borders filled with purple and orange flowers with Mottistone Manor at the end of the path

Isle of Wight 

With brightly coloured borders and beautifully scented flowers, the warm, sheltered gardens at Mottistone provide the perfect location to discover a variety of plants this summer. Find out about some of the highlights you can see on a visit to the gardens in the coming months.

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