Spring into summer at Powis

A Clematis macropetala flowering in front of the castle and yew hedges at National Trust's  Powis Castle and Garden, Powys, Wales.

As the days get warmer and the evenings get lighter it’s a real joy to get outdoors and see our garden springing back into life. From March through to June you’ll be treated to a fantastic show of spring colour at Powis.

Early in the season

 
The show begins early with dozens of magnolia freely flowering throughout the garden and courtyard. Don’t miss the magnificent magnolia campbellii in the woodland overlooking the castle, and the magnolia soulangeana on the terraces.
 
Following closely behind come the vibrant rhododendrons and azaleas. Take a relaxing stroll through the Wilderness and enjoy their impressive array of colours framing the castle. 
 
“It’s great watching the garden springing back into life. From the moment the first magnolia shows off its beautiful pink flowers it’s only a matter of days before other blooms follow suit.” David Swanton, Head Gardener. 
 
" It’s great watching the garden springing back into life. From the moment the first magnolia shows off its beautiful pink flowers it’s only a matter of days before other blooms begin to follow suit. "
- David Swanton, Head Gardener

 
Fritillaries’, Leucojums, Erythroniums and primroses fill the banks throughout the garden and Narcissus Pseudonarcissus, the famous Welsh daffodil, thrives in the paddock that was once part of a water garden.
 

Later in the season

 
A particular highlight in late spring is the delicate blossom on the 100-year-old apple and pear trees in the Edwardian Formal Garden. Underneath them, planted with Edwardian precision, are neatly edged beds of grape hyacinths and scillas. 
 
As summer edges ever closer, you can expect to see the beautiful Wisteria Floribunda draping its beautiful pea like flowers on the Aviary Terrace. At over 300 years old, this beautiful climber has charmed Powis’ visitors for many generations and is definitely one not to miss.
 
The, by early summer when the threat of frost is truly behind us and you’ll spot our dedicated gardeners carefully planting out the tropical effect border on the Top Terrace and adding 100s of tender perennials to our herbaceous borders which will wow our visitors later in the year.
 

Take home a piece of Powis

 
All of the tender perennials used in our gardens have been over wintered or propagated in our own carbon-neutral greenhouses, which also provide plants for our Plant Shop. Drop in on your way home and take home your very own piece of Powis.
 
The baroque terraced garden at Powis Castle and Garden, Powys, Wales

The beginnings of Powis' unique gardens

If our gardens seem a delightful surprise today in deepest Wales, think how much more shocking they must have seemed in the past.

A view of the the top terrace at Powis Castle and Garden, Powys, Wales

Powis' multi-layered garden

Explore a paradise in Wales. Dating back 300 years, our world-class gardens are steeped in history. Nowhere else will you experience such a theatrical mix of dramatic terraces, sophisticated flower borders, fantastical topiary and superb views.