Spring in the garden at Sheffield Park
Spring means colour at Sheffield Park and Garden, East Sussex, where dramatic views are around every bend and scent fills hidden glades. Discover the garden as the buds burst forth and you can start to feel the warmth of the sun again as you take in the views.
The garden is a horticultural work of art, formed through centuries of landscape design, with influences of ‘Capability’ Brown and Humphry Repton. Four lakes form the heart of the garden, with paths circulating through the glades and wooded areas surrounding them. Each owner has left their impression, which can still be seen today in the layout of the lakes, the construction of Pulham Falls, the planting of Palm Walk and the many different tree and shrub species from around the world. Spring explodes with colour as bluebells and daffodils herald the arrival of warmer weather while rhododendrons and azaleas compete with their bold displays.
Trees and shrubs monthly highlights
Our vast collection of trees and large shrubs are planted to create vistas that enhance the feeling of scale and grandeur of the property. The garden has received a Grade I listing and holds the national collection of Ghent Azaleas.
Camellias: These woodland plants grow best in shelter and dappled shade. The best examples can be found creating arbours on Flint Road and around Palm Avenue. The colours of the flowers vary from white through pink to red.
Purple toothwort (Lathraea clandestine): This is a small parasitic flowering plant which lacks chlorophyll. It first appeared in Sheffield Park on a dead Sorbus tree stump about six years ago and has since spread up Aucklandii Walk. Inside the plants are stalked hairs which when stimulated by the touch of an insect, send out delicate filaments which results in the insect being killed and digested. Luckily it does no harm to the host plant.
Daffodils: We recently planted thousands upon thousands of daffodil bulbs just at one of the most picturesque points of the garden, where the land sweeps majestically up fron the top of Ten Foot Pond to the Mansion. Don't miss this dramatic burst of yellow during March.
Snake’s Head Fritillary (Fritillaria maleagris): Fritillaria is a genus of the lily family. They are characterised by their bell-shaped flowers which appear in early spring. A geographic checked pattern covers their petals which tremble in the breeze.
Japanese azalea (Rhododendron ‘Hinomayo’): One of the most popular Japanese azaleas, ‘Hinomayo’ produces small bright pink, funnel-shaped flowers in spring and early summer in a dense cloud of colour covering the bushes.
" rhododendrons are massed upon the banks and when the wind passes over the real flowers the water flowers shake and break into each other."
Rhododendron hybrids: From late April to early June, the garden is a blaze of colour with the many varieties of large-leaved hybrids. These do not all flower at the same time, so the vistas are continually changing.
Judas Tree (Cercis siliquastrum) This small tree flowers before the leaves appear. The sweetpea-like flowers form in late spring and bud from the branches and trunk. There are just three specimens in the garden.