Top summer gardens in Wales

Open the gates of our cottages and castles in Wales and discover a paradise of glorious gardens this summer. Here's our guide to some of the best, just step inside...

The Pompeian Garden at Dyffryn House and Gardens, Vale of Glamorgan

Dyffryn Gardens, Cardiff 

Gardeners are giving a major refresh to this 55 acre Edwardian gem, with its intimate garden rooms. This summer see the team at work on new planting schemes, including fruit and vegetables and flower beds. Discover exotic plants from around the world in the large glasshouse too.

Roses in front of the Pin Mill at Bodnant Garden in summer

Bodnant Garden, Conwy 

In summer rose beds and herbaceous borders fill the Italianate terraces with scent and colour. Swathes of electric blue hydrangeas run through the lush riverside dells and meadows are buzzing with wildflowers.

View of Erddig's long border facing east

Erddig, Wrexham 

The 18th-century formal garden has grand lawns, avenues of pleached lime trees and a Victorian parterre - the perfect place for relaxing on summer afternoons. On your way to the flower-filled walled garden see rows of espalier fruit trees, carefully trained by our gardeners.

Topiary in the Orangery Garden

Tredegar House, Newport 

The 18th century estate has three formal gardens, the Orchard Garden, Cedar Garden and Orangery Garden, each with their own distinctive characters. With hidden glasshouses, the 'Priest's House' and an orchard full of apple trees there are plenty of surprises hiding along secretive paths.

A view across the Chirk Castle gardens from the roof

Chirk Castle, Wrexham 

Indulge your senses and refresh your spirit with a gentle wander amongst the scents and colours of the rare shrubs and flowers in this lovely 5.5 acre garden. The grounds of this medieval castle contain formal gardens with manicured lawns, clipped yews, herbaceous borders, rose beds, rock gardens and a wooded pleasure ground, with panoramic views of countryside for miles around.

A view over the Orangery taken from the Aviary Terrace at Powis Castle and Garden, Wales

Powis Castle, Welshpool 

Laid out in the early 18th century the gardens are one of the finest examples of Italian terraces in Britain, enjoying stunning hillside panoramas. Wander down along the hillside paths through formal terraces with ornate statutory, richly planted herbaceous borders and enormous yew hedges, to an Edwardian flower garden and orangery and acres of peaceful woodland.

Fiery colours in the italiante terrace

Plas Newydd, Anglesey 

Plas Newydd sits majestically on the shores of the Menai Strait and enjoys breath-taking views of Snowdonia. The gardens are perfect for exploring and include Australasian arboretum, an Italianate terrace garden full of hot-coloured Mediterranean plants in summer and extensive, secluded woodland walks.

The Walled Garden at Llanerchaeron

Llanerchaeron, Ceredigion  

This Georgian estate is still a traditional working farm and garden. Within its walls you'll find kitchen gardens, fruit trees, herbaceous borders and a herb garden filled with culinary and medicinal plants which are at their best in summer.

Enjoy the tranquility of the walled garden at Penrhyn Castle

Penrhyn Castle, Bangor  

Penrhyn’s gardens, like the castle itself, are extensive, dramatic and a feast for the senses. Find peace in Walter Speed’s Walled Garden, explore fuchsia walkways, woodland walks and see restoration at work in Lady Sybil’s Water Garden; all against the breath-taking backdrop of Snowdonia and the North Wales coast.

View from the Walled Garden

Colby Woodland Garden, Pembrokeshire 

With streams and ponds, a wildflower meadow and woodland trails, this secluded valley garden which was once a working coalfied is today a triumph of nature. Enjoy its walled garden, wildflower meadow, streams, ponds and woodland in all their summer glory.

Buddleia at Plas yn Rhiw, Llyn Peninsula

Plas yn Rhiw, Llŷn Peninsula 

The organic garden of this picturesque, 16th century manor house is a sea of cool colours in summer, with hydrangeas, fuchsias, old English roses and herbaceous perennials in bloom. In the meadow enjoy wildflowers - along with the bees and butterflies.