Spring in the garden at Mottisfont

Daffodils in bloom in the winter garden at Mottisfont, Hampshire

Our riverside gardens burst to life in spring, from sprouting bulbs to newly hatched ducklings and cygnets on the river. Discover delightful displays of daffodils, crocuses, tulips, and bright chionodoxa. The winter garden continues to boast bright colour and fragrance throughout March and into April.

We've planted masses of mixed, naturalising bulbs under ancient trees, in the winter garden, the walled gardens, and in the cherry orchard. These newly planted bulbs include narcissi, fritalaria, leucojium, cyclamen and crocus. Thousands of tulips will follow in April.

The first flowers are beginning to emerge, with many more to bloom as the days get warmer.

Daffodils decorate the grounds here at Mottisfont
Daffodils in bloom in front of the font stream at Mottisfont, Hampshire
Daffodils decorate the grounds here at Mottisfont

Maud Russell’s head gardener, Mr Buckle, started the ‘bulk planting’ of single plant variety which has since been adopted by subsequent head gardeners.

Another highlight of the season is a display of bright blue chionodoxa which sweeps through the pleached lime walk in April; and, nearby, you can follow a sloping pathway through an archway of blooming magnolia.

This carpet of chionodoxa is a delightful sight in spring
Blue chionodoxa sweeping down the Lime Avenue at Mottisfont, Hampshire
This carpet of chionodoxa is a delightful sight in spring

Our regular planting of tulips in the parterre, the short lime walk, and the central walled garden will be the finale of our bulb showcase, leading into early spring-flowering roses.   

Developing a new garden

Following a fundraising appeal, we’re currently developing the third walled garden, known as the ‘frameyard’. Soft landscaping works are planned to run until March, after which we'll begin planting - the final stage before we fully open this new garden. You're welcome to come and take a look as we work, and find out more about the project.

A moodboard of flowers, herbs and garden structures, inspiration for the new garden at Mottisfont, Hampshire

Developing our Frameyard 

Thanks to donations to the Walled Garden Appeal, we're starting to develop a brand new garden in the Frameyard area. This new design will reflect its history as a highly productive kitchen garden, and provide a more fitting introduction to our world-famous rose collection.

Bluebells on the wider estate

Out on the wider estate, our ancient woodlands put on a wildflower show for spring. Species such as lady's smock (also known as the cuckoo flower), celandines and bluebells begin to cover the meadows and woodland floor. 

Our estate walk is the best way to see this annual flowering.

Bluebells in bloom on a woodland floor, in the wider estate of Mottisfont, Hampshire
Walking trail

Mottisfont estate walk 

From mid-April and into May, our woodlands offer one of Britain's most beloved natural sights: floods of bluebells in flower. Take our 6 mile estate walk to spot pretty periwinkle patches decorating the woodland floor, particularly at the start of the walk in Spearywell, and later in Queensmeadow and Great Copse. A protected species in the UK, the common bluebell is a fragile flower; please stick to the defined footpaths while you walk, and leave the flowers in their natural environment, for everyone to enjoy.