Summer gardens in and around West 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 West 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


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 with a vibrant and flamboyant mixture of flowers.

Beautiful gardens following the Garden Revival project at Standen

Standen House and Garden 

Wander around the Arts & Crafts inspired garden at Standen and find a rare collection of plants including ones grown by original planter Margaret Beale after the Beale family's Grand Tour. Find out about the ambitious project that restored her early 20th century garden vision.

A garden of flowers


Revel in the glory of the garden. Hear what our Head Gardener has to say about the garden inspiration left by owner Rudyard Kipling and see for yourself the space Kipling created for his family and friends to enjoy.

Enjoy breathtaking views towards the South Downs


The majestic 700-acre park at Petworth is one of the finest surviving unspoilt examples of an English landscape designed by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. Explore this historic park wandering in the footsteps of artists, encountering herds of deer and sweeping away cobwebs with our walking trails.

The mansion house at Woolbeding Gardens

Woolbeding Gardens 

Discover delights at every turn with distinctive garden rooms set against thoughtfully composed borders. Formal gardens merge into the rural landscape of the River Rother, a perfect backdrop for the many sculptures and follies. A masterpiece of colour and design, you’ll lose hours exploring this carefully cultivated garden.

Alfriston clergy house vegetable garden in summer

Alfriston Clergy House 

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

Monk's House 

A beautiful English country garden designed by Leonard Woolf with incredible views of the Sussex Downs. Virginia Woolf was greatly influenced by the garden at Monk's House inspiring her short story 'The Orchard'.

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.