The best of our garden in summer at Polesden Lacey

A pergola covered in pink roses overhangs a stone walk-way

The Edwardian gardens at Polesden Lacey are varied and beautiful, especially in summer when the beds burst with colour and fragrance. Here's a list of our top suggestions for what you should look out for in the garden when you visit this summer.

The Ladies Garden

This year, the Ladies Garden will be dominated by Rosa 'Margaret Greville', specially cultivated for us by Peter Beales Roses to celebrate 75 years since the Polesden Lacey was bequeathed to the National Trust. Rosa 'Margaret Greville' is peach pink bloom with a golden centre. 

Peach perfection with a heart of gold
Two peach pink Margaret Greville roses


The Edwardian walled rose garden

 Meander through Polesden Lacey’s Rose Garden, boasting 26 varieties of British rose. Highlights of this Edwardian walled garden include Lavender lassie, a soft pink bloom with a wonderful scent; Rambling rector, a white rose that climbs all over the pergola; and Graham Stuart Thomas, a bright yellow flower named after the famed horticulturalist who redesigned the rose garden in the mid-20th century. The rose garden will be filled with flowers throughout the summer, with splashes of red, white, yellow and pink surrounding you as you stroll along the newly-restored pathways. 

With masses of rambling roses, Polesden Lacey's pergolas are a joy in summer
A view along the Rose Garden on a summer's evening looking towards the Well Head

Double Herbaceous Border

 Wander in the sun along our vibrant double herbaceous borders. Hot summer colours like red and orange are dominant in this year’s borders, which feature Red hot pokers, Day lilies and Verbascum. Lush purple Nepeta plants offer a contrast as well as a beautiful scent as you amble past. Delicate pink Clematis creeping up the walls provides a beautiful backdrop to this stunning visual display.   

The herbaceous borders in all their glory.
A view of the blooming herbaceous borders at Polesden Lacey looking onto the corner of the house.

The old kitchen garden

 Our gardeners have been busy this spring, planting a wildflower meadow in the old kitchen garden. Just over the wooden bridge past the garden cottage, you’ll find an oasis of pastel petals, with sprays of white Gypsophila elegans and pale pink Viscaria oculata contrasting the bright pink Cosmos bipinnatus and vibrant red poppies. You can enjoy this meadow throughout the summer and into the autumn.  

A riot of wildflower colour
A scene of poppies, cornflowers and other wildflowers

Local apples in the orchard

 The Orchard at Polesden Lacey will be producing apples during the summer months. All our apples are local and highlights are the Crawley beauties, Claygate pearmains and Byfleet seedlings.   

Colour in the house borders

 Royal hues will surround the house this summer. The beds around the house will be a spectacular display of pinks, whites and purples from Penstemon sour grapes, Bacopa snowflakes and Surfinia compact purple vein, with splashes of yellow from the Daisy aramis roses to catch the eye. 


British lavender

 Enjoy the lavender garden: the air will be heavy with the familiar and calming smell of Imperial gem lavender – among other varieties – and bees will be buzzing around from June to August. The lavender garden also features a central bed of fragrant thyme. 

Listen to the bees buzzing in the lavendar garden
The lavendar garden at Polesden Lacey

Beautiful arrangements from the cut flower garden

 The flower arrangements featured throughout the house at Polesden Lacey are all made from blossoms grown on the estate’s grounds, in a garden run by volunteers. Geometric dahlias, full zinnias and bright sunflowers will all be blooming in the cut flower garden this summer. 

Fresh produce from the vegetable garden

 The vegetable garden at Polesden Lacey is also completely run by volunteers and produces a wide variety of vegetables: from peas and beans to potatoes and courgettes. Many of the vegetables grown in this garden are used in the Granary Café, so pop in and taste the delights that our vegetable Garden has to offer!  

Orchids in the upper sunk garden

The upper sunk garden will be a riot of colour this summer, with a magnificent collection of wildflowers, as well as bright Buddleias and delicate orchids.  If you’re looking for a shady walk on a summer day, Nuns Walk and the lower sunk gardens are perfect for a peaceful stroll. 

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