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.

Red, white and pink azaleas in the Dell at Bodnant Garden, Conwy

Bodnant Garden 

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 a spectacular spring finale in late May with the flowering of the Laburnum Arch.

Colourful shrub borders in flower at Chirk Castle

Chirk Castle 

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.

Spring scene at Colby

Colby Woodland Garden 

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.

The herbaceous border in spring at Dyffryn Gardens

Dyffryn Gardens 

Enjoy a tropical visit to Dyffryn Gardens this spring. Discover the intimate network of secret garden rooms and don’t miss the tropical glasshouse bursting with orchids and banana trees (beware of the dragon arum in late spring- it has a unique smell!). Visit the arboretum at the loose end to see bluebells, anemones, catkins, primroses and lots of blossom. Lighting up the house in late spring are perfectly planted wisteria on the south terrace.

Plas yn Rhiw house and gardens, Llŷn Peninsula

Plas yn Rhiw 

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.

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

Powis Castle and Garden 

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.