Spring colour in the outdoors at Petworth

The Ionic Rotunda framed by rhododendron

Begin the year with a visit to Petworth House this season and discover the joys of spring with plenty of fresh new growth bursting through the grounds with flashes of welcome colour ready to discover. If your aim to see our range of spring colour we recommend contacting us before you visit to find out exactly how developed these specimens are.

In the spring meadows of the Pleasure Ground you can expect to see snowdrops, Cyclamen as well as daffodils, and Snake Head Fritillary popping up through the next few months. In 2018, 300 native tulips were planted at Petworth, so do keep an eye out for their iconic shapes in the wider garden.  Meanwhile the more showy tulips of the Servants’ Quarters border, designed by Lady Egremont in 2017, will return with bright pinks and mauve.  For 2019 we're planting new magnolia along the paths of the Pleasure Ground to add even more colour to our spring display. Later in the season you’ll see wild bluebells appearing in the meadows of the Pleasure Ground and rhododendrons bringing a splash of colour and heady aromas along the woodland walk.

Wander the Pleasure Grounds discovering the Ionic Rotunda surrounded by a sea of bluebells
The Ionic Rotunda surrounded by a sea of bluebells
Wander the Pleasure Grounds discovering the Ionic Rotunda surrounded by a sea of bluebells

What you won’t be able to miss this year is the fruits of our labours following the realigning and replanting of the beds close to the house.  The previous beds surrounding the North Gallery were 15 years old and much of the planting was overgrown. Using Tithe maps from 1890s these beds have been realigned and replanted in a theatrical style.  A mix of period appropriate plants are now planted along with modern varieties of the type of plants that were available to Capability Brown and the 3rd Earl of Egremont from the mid 1700’s to 1837 when Brown transformed the gardens of Petworth from their earlier formal state mixed with the plant collections of the 3rd Earl who kept it. The key to this design is not so much the floral display and colours, but the palette of the green foliage that will slowly emerge as the seasons pass.

Please enjoy the cultivated areas of Petworth alongside the parkland as it all bursts into life once again.  If you see someone working in the grounds, please do ask what they are working on; our gardeners and volunteers enjoy talking about their passions as much as the guides within the property.