Top summer gardens in the South West

Here are our picks of the most beautiful, tranquil, exciting and inspiring gardens in the South West to visit in summer, come rain or shine.

Steps down from the terraces next to a bed of white roses

Summer has arrived in the garden

A summer garden coming to life, borders bursting into bloom and striking sculptures tucked away in hidden corners. Summer is a great time to see the garden and enjoy a picturesque walk.

The hot border in the Cider House garden

Beautiful Buckland Summer Gardens

With beautiful colors, amazing scents and fantastic spaces to relax or enjoy a picnic, it’s one of the best times of the year to be visiting the gardens.

The sunken rose garden at Castle Drogo

The garden at Castle Drogo

Enter the castle's gardens and feel as if you've been transported to a fascinating and beautiful new world.

Visitor in the garden in summer at Cotehele, Cornwall.

Summer in Cotehele garden

The garden at Cotehele covers 14 acres and is filled with colour and beauty in summer.

Summer sunshine on the South Terrace.

The garden at Dunster Castle

Home to four different micro-climates, with far-reaching views across the Bristol Channel, the garden at Dunster is filled with a diverse range of plants and wildlife.

Beautfiul borders at Dyrham Park

What to see in the garden this summer

The gardens are awash with colour this season from formal border planting to more natural areas around the orchard and meadow.

Summer in the Pillar Garden

Summer at Hidcote

Hidcote will reach its flowering crescendo during the summer months, with striking colours, scents and relaxing spaces perfect to take in the views.

Dahlias in the South Terrace border at Kingston Lacy in Dorset

The garden at Kingston Lacy

Throughout the summer months the garden at Kingston Lacy really comes into its own, offering an abundance of life, colour and produce. Enjoy taking in the sights, sounds and scents of this wonderful season when you next visit.

View looking over the Pool Garden at Knightshayes

What can you spot in the Woodland garden?

Knightshayes has something different to see in the garden almost every month, and the summer ones are no exception. Find out what you can expect to see when you next pay a visit between June and the end of August.

Lanhydrock formal garden and gatehouse in summer

Summer gardens

This season is the time to catch Lanhydrock gardens at their best. The formal parterre is a riot of pristine colour; cool off on a shaded woodland walk or spend hazy, lazy afternoons picnicking in the parkland.

The garden in summer

Summer in the garden at Mompesson House

In summer the borders in Mompesson's tranquil garden are a vibrant showcase of floral colour and scent. Here are some of the highlights.

The bridge and families at Prior Park

Summer at Prior Park

There's so much to discover at Prior Park in summer.

Long Border in the garden looking towards Snowshill Manor

Summer in the garden

Summer is one of the best times of year to enjoy the garden at Snowshill. You will find lupins in full bloom and the Long Border bursting with colour.

Vibrant autumn foliage frames the bridge to Carcaddon in Trelissick garden, Cornwall

Explore the garden

Autumn in the garden reveals new colours in the trees above. As leaves turn and tumble to the ground, new vistas are opened to the expansive maritime views.

Agapanthus in the foreground of the orchard at Trengwainton

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.

Purple alliums in the knot garden with the summer house behind

Summer in the garden

Trerice becomes a haven for pollinators as flowers bloom in the summer months.

The gardens in Spring time at Tyntesfield, Somerset

The gardens at Tyntesfield, near Bristol

The garden at Tyntesfield is an ever changing landscape - home to beautiful borders, ancient trees and tasty produce that's used to this day in our Cow Barn restaurant.