The garden in spring at Nymans

Magnolias in flower on the lawn in front of the house

Spring is leaping onwards with warmer weather bringing buds into flower, and the garden reaching a crescendo of colour.

The wall garden is full of blossom and magnolias in spring
The wall garden in spring
The wall garden is full of blossom and magnolias in spring

Wall garden

In spring the Wall Garden is brim full of lavish displays of flowers, from drifts of bright yellow daffodils underplanted with grape hyacinths, to masses of frothy blossom and camellias. The garden is a blaze of colour, packed full of dazzling, scented flowers. Follow the winding paths through and around this magical area of the garden. In April find Chionodoxa forbesii 'Blue', commonly known as ‘Glory of the Snow’, in the Wall Garden. This lovely, little bulb is a tantalising prelude of the bluebell displays to come.

Snakes Head fritillary is one of the most exquisite of Britain‘s native wildflowers, with its delicate chequerboard patterning.  It can be seen flowering freely in the Wall Garden in April.

The woodland carpeted with bluebells
The woodland carpeted with bluebells
The woodland carpeted with bluebells

Bluebells

Bluebells are rumoured to bloom on St George’s Day and at Nymans both the woodland and the Wild Garden are carpeted with this highly scented emblem of spring. Join a guided walk to take in the highlights of one of our favourite seasons.

daffodils and tulips in flower throughout the garden
daffodils and tulips in flower throughout the garden
daffodils and tulips in flower throughout the garden

Daffodils and crocuses

When daffodils and crocuses come into bloom their bright bursts of colour are a welcome sight in the early days of spring.The best daffodils can be found at the southern end of the garden by the Tennis Lawn, as well as either side of Lime Avenue. Banks of white and purple crocuses appear throughout the garden.

Magnolia 'Cecil Nice'
Magnolia 'Cecil Nice'
Magnolia 'Cecil Nice'

Magnolias

Nymans has a large collection of magnolias both creamy white and pastel pink. In spring the buds burst through furry casings to flower flamboyantly against the deep blue skies of spring. Nymans has a significant collection of rare and important plants with our Chilean collection flowering during the spring months. Some magnolias are named after members of the Messel family. 

Pink and frothy blossom
Pink and frothy blossom
Pink and frothy blossom

Blossom and bloom

Cherry trees create an enchanting atmosphere on the Tennis Lawn, with blossoms flowering in April. Rhododendrons and camellias are at their best in spring with many of our varieties in full flower by April, filling every corner of Nymans with spectacular colour.

A garden trainee learning new skills at Nymans
A garden trainee learning new skills at Nymans
A garden trainee learning new skills at Nymans

 

The woodland carpeted with bluebells

Bluebell spotting in the woodland  

Bluebells are a spring favourite and there're plenty to see in Nymans' woodland. Start spotting from mid April onwards in the Wild Garden and in Pookchurch Wood.

The ruins in autumn

Nymans needs you 

Over the coming years we hope to raise £100,000 to undertake further repairs and create a new garden in the ruined Great Hall. But we need your help to do it.

Magnolia in the wall garden

Magnificent magnolias  

Magnolias blow the trumpets for the start of spring with blowsy, but elegant, flowers. Nymans has five Magnolias named after people connected to the garden - see if you can spot them all when you visit.