This is the time of year when many gardens are at their peak – full of spectacular displays of roses clambering up walls and across pergolas, or swathes of lavender bushes that release a heady scent as you brush past. From formal borders to cottage gardens, you’ll be hard pressed to find anywhere that’s not brimming over with colourful blooms.
We've rounded up some of the summer gardens to visit, so you can make the most of the season. If your trip inspires you to create your own slice of paradise at home, then why not check out our gardeners' tips below for a few handy pointers?
We’re still working hard to keep our gardens looking their best. But with fewer staff and volunteers to help out, things may look a little different on your visit. Please bear with us as we adjust to these challenging times.
Summer blooms to look out for
These striking, spiky blue flowers make a real impact in a border, and are also great for attracting pollinators such as bees to your garden.
Lilies and waterlilies
With their large showy blooms in bright colours, lilies are a real summer showstopper. Don’t forget to look out for waterlilies blooming on ponds and lakes too.
Clematis come in a huge range of colours and shapes, but they all look great climbing up a wall or sprawling over a pergola. Some can even be grown as shrubs.
Poppies are easy to grow, so they’re a great option or kids to raise from seed. Instantly recognisable, they can be found throughout the whole of summer.
Hardy and low-maintenance, lavender is a great option for borders, containers, or even lining pathways. For many people it’s also the real smell of summer.
It wouldn’t be a British summer without the scent of roses on the air. There are thousands of varieties to discover. How many will you find?
Buddleja is commonly known as the butterfly bush, because it’s a favourite source of nectar for the insects. It’s a great choice for a sunny spot in the garden.