Late summer gardens at The Vyne
Burgeoning dahlias, reddening Liquidambar and traditionally cultivated hops are set to seasonally punctuate The Vyne's informal garden landscape. You can also see year-round features including a soaring lime avenue, a 17th-century summerhouse and the grand mansion.
Photos in this article show the garden in previous years and may show different planting to this year.
Well-tended by a dedicated team of staff and volunteers, you can see flowers, fruit and vegetables growing in row upon row of neat rectangular beds. Look out for the newly planted bee pen which is brimming with bee-loving plants such as lavender, mint and oregano.
A variety of hops are growing on a parade of arches leading down the main path in the walled garden. Historically relevant to The Vyne, hops used to be grown in what is now the parkland. The hops would have been processed in the Brewhouse which is now our tea-room.
The hops are all English varieties and cover a range of breeding dates and chemical properties for brewing. The oldest variety is Fuggle. The name dates from 1856. The newest variety is Golden Tassles which was introduced as an ornamental garden plant in 2003. Other varieties growing in the walled garden include Redsells Eastwell and Pheonix.
The hop’s lush foliage in summer will eventually give way to cones in autumn and winter.
From August, the garden’s magnificent dahlia border bursts into bloom. Against a backdrop of cordon, espallier and palmette fruit trees you’ll discover a rich mix of colours, from soft pastel shades to vibrant oranges, hot pinks and magenta blooms.
Dahlias were an important part of horticultural life at The Vyne in the 19th century, when head gardener Mr Broomfield regularly won prizes for his blooms at local shows.
Elsewhere in the grounds
You might spot the lakeside liquidambar tree turning a deep shade of red, becoming more and more fiery as autumn arrives. The Vyne’s sprawling north lawn, flanked by the grand Tudor mansion on one side and the lake on the other, is an ideal picnic spot. If you’re heading further afield, don’t miss the Wild garden on your way out to the wetlands.