Spring gardens in Wales

Let our spring gardens across Wales awaken your senses with an array of blossoming colours, delightful scents and chorus of birdsong; not to mention longer and warmer days to enjoy them.

A visitor exploring the garden in May at Dyffryn Gardens, Vale of Glamorgan

Dyffryn Gardens, Cardiff 

Enjoy a tropical visit to Dyffryn Gardens this spring. Discover the intimate network of secret garden rooms and the tropical glasshouse bursting with orchids and banana trees. Lighting up the house are borders full of tulips followed by a late spring arrival of wisteria on the south terrace. Visit the arboretum at the loose end to see bluebells, anemones, catkins, primroses and lots of blossom.

Visitors in the Far End at Bodnant Garden, Wales.

Bodnant Garden, Conwy 

Undoubtedly Bodnant Gardens looks spectacular throughout the year but with spring comes a crescendo of colour. The old Park Meadow is transformed with daffodils later followed by native bluebells. Blossoming in the spring sunshine are their National Collections of Asian magnolias and rhododendrons, some more than a century old, plus glades of blossoming ornamental cherry trees. All followed by the spectacular arrival of the Laburnum Arch in early May.

Visitors in the garden at Powis Castle and Garden, Powys, Wales

Powis Castle, Welshpool  

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.

Magnolia trees flowering in spring sunshine at Tredegar House, Newport

Tredegar House, Newport 

The walled gardens at Tredegar House have sprung into life with a medley of rainbow coloured hyacinths. Keep an eye out for Blue Pearl, Odysseus and Woodstock varieties as you meander up the Orchard path and admire the sweeping displays surrounding Sir Briggs’ memorial. Keep an eye out for Fritillaries and Freesias blossoming among the herbaceous borders before heading into the Orangery Garden where the swirling patterns of the parterre are surround by a sea of red hot copper and crimson tulips.

Erddig tulips and spring blossom on the Victorian parterre

Erddig, Wrexham  

One of the annual highlights of Erddig’s springtime show is the mass of colourful tulips that pave the Victorian parterre in April and May. Throughout the garden delicate snake's head fritillary can be seen flowering in April, followed by delicate fruit blossom, trained along the garden walls and throughout the orchards. The parkland is also awash with wild garlic, perfect for a springtime walk.

The garden at Chirk Castle near Wexham in May

Chirk Castle, Wrexham 

Awaken your senses at Chirk Castle’s spring display. In the woodland snowdrops make way for daffodils and bluebells, and the tree canopy comes alive with bird song. The shrub garden springs into life with a dazzling display of rhododendrons; they smell beautiful after a late spring shower. Catch Lady Magaret Mydellton’s favourite Irises flowering bright blue in the Long Border paired with an array of colourful Azaleas.

Azaleas and rhododendrons at Penrhyn Castle in spring

Penrhyn Castle, Bangor 

Combine a lunch stop with a stroll through the garden and grounds at Penrhyn Castle. Taking centre stage in front of the castle is a beautiful wildflower meadow; daffodils make their appearance first followed by ox-eye daisies and meadowsweet. Don't forget to stop by the Rhododendron walk as azaleas and rhododendrons are a mass of scent and colour.

Spring scene at Colby

Colby Woodland Garden, Pembrokeshire 

Come and see the meadow fill with crocus, daffodils and bluebells, along with rarer sight of dainty fritillaries and orchids. In the woods camellias, magnolias and rhododendrons burst into bloom; look out for Colby’s speciality large-leaved rhododendrons by the newt pond and old oak corner (you might spot an otter here too). Welcoming you in to the Walled Garden is a riot of colour as the magnolia tree proudly sits above the entrance to the garden.

Magnolia flowering in the garden at Plas Newydd, Anglesey

Plas Newydd, Anglesey 

Take a stroll to the secluded and peaceful Rhododendron Garden at Plas Newydd. Originating in the 1930s with specimens recently introduced by plant hunters, it was developed further by the 7th Marquess in the 1940s with rhododendrons given to him as a wedding gift by Lord Aberconway of Bodnant. A Grade 1 listed garden set in a marvellous location alongside the Menai Strait, the mild conditions allow a wide range of plants to flourish, including stunning displays of spring flowering magnolias, vibernums, camellias and tulips.

Plas yn Rhiw house and gardens, Llŷn Peninsula

Plas yn Rhiw, Llŷn Peninsula 

Perched on a hillside with glorious views of the sea, the wooded gardens of this Jacobean manor house are home to magnificent camellias, magnolias and rhododendrons. Filling the garden in spring are smells of vanilla scented box-leaf azara, the stunning Rhododendron fragrantissimum and yellow honeysuckle scented Azalea pontica. Look out for common spotted orchids in the orchard, bluebells in the upper woodland and primroses by the mill pond. Keep an eye out for late flowering of the wisteria over the old outbuilding.