Top gardens for summer in the South West

Enjoy summer this year in some of the most beautiful, tranquil, exciting and inspiring gardens in the South West.

Barrington Court rudbeckias

Summer garden fun at Barrington Court

The precious days of summer are here for us to relish and enjoy, the garden is bright and alive with scent and colour, hear the gentle buzz of bees as they gather nectar from the abundant flowers swaying in the breeze.

The hot border in the Cider House garden

Summer highlights in the garden at Buckland Abbey

Things are hotting up in the Cider House garden at Buckland Abbey, as the borders burst full of summer colour. Here are our highlights of what not to miss.

The rill garden in flower at Coleton Fishacre

Exploring the garden in summer

In the summer months the garden at Coleton Fishacre is filled with colour from the exotic planting thriving in this sheltered coastal valley. With pastel colours filling one garden, hot reds and oranges another, the garden is full of contrast.

Ajar white gate to the Upper Garden at Cotehele, Cornwall

Cotehele garden

Open daily from dawn to dusk, Cotehele garden is a garden for all seasons, with 12 distinct areas for you to explore. Discover formal areas, a wild Valley Garden, orchards, a cut flower garden and tranquil corners.

The wavy hedges of Glendurgan maze in Cornwall seen from above

Adventure: the maze and Giant's Stride rope swing

With many children to entertain the Fox family planted an extensive maze and also installed a rotating rope swing.

Bright purple alliums in the garden

The garden at Castle Drogo 

Throughout the summer the rose garden is a patchwork of reds, yellows and pinks all with a different scent which fills the air. Quiet spots with benches can be found along the herbaceous borders or you can play tennis on the croquet lawn.

The garden and view of the stables at Dyrham Park, near Bath.

Dyrham Park 

Every season provides a different scene in Dyrham Park's West Garden with its beautiful borders, picturesque ponds and plentiful picnic spots. Summer is no exception - soak up the sunshine and admire the abundance in this versatile space.

The colourful top garden border in the garden at Greenway, Devon

Exploring Greenway garden

Greenway is nestled in a woodland garden which drifts down the hill to the banks of the River Dart. The garden is complete with stunning views, colourful borders and grand trees.

killerton garden terrace devon border

Killerton 

Killerton is home to trees from all continents (except Antarctica) and many of them are at their most impressive in summer. There are different levels to explore in the garden, all hiding different secrets - can you find the bear's hut and the ice house?

The dahlias provide a vibrant contrast to the stone of Kingston Lacy

The garden in bloom at Kingston Lacy 

The garden at Kingston Lacy comes into its own during summer with beautiful blooms, multitude of scents and stunning vistas to be enjoyed. Look out for the hanging baskets, seas of bedding plants and the abundance of flowers and crops within the kitchen garden. There are many shady spots to rest and relax, especially under the majestic cedars on the South Lawn or within the thatched pavilions of the Japanese garden.

Man relaxing on a bench overlooking Lanhydrock gardens

Lanhydrock 

Lanhydrock's garden is a space for all, where you can enjoy a picnic on the lawns, play a ball game, join a free garden tour, or simply watch the world go by from a conveniently placed bench.

The Temple of Apollo reflected in the lake at Stourhead, Wiltshire

The world-famous garden at Stourhead

Perhaps the most beautiful and magical of all of the great landscape gardens, Stourhead is an English 18th-century view of Arcadian paradise.

Views of the parkland at Trelissick over the Cariick Roads

Trelissick 

Trelissick's garden comprises of shady woods, sunny spots, an arboretum, an orchard, plenty of summer wildflowers and far reaching views of the Fal estuary.

The Knot garden in early Summer

Summer in the garden

Enjoy the summer sun and showers in the garden at Trerice.

White hydrangea backlit by the sun

Summertime at Trengwainton

From the warm, sunny Terrace to the shade of the giant tree fern glades, here are some of the garden highlights this summer.

Looking down an archway of pink flowers in the Rose Garden at Tytnesfield

Summer colour in the Tyntesfield Rose Garden 

In the summer months, the distinctive archway of Tyntesfield's Rose Garden bursts into life and the boxed beds are a patchwork of different textures and colours.