Spring in the gardens at The Vyne

The summerhouse garden at The Vyne in spring

Striking Queen of the Night tulips, the light confetti of apple blossom and sleepy haze of purple wisteria is on show to tempt even the most reluctant walker outdoors. Read on to find out other seasonal highlights.

In the orchard, look out for soft pale blooms such as apple blossom, Yarrow and Viburnum. By the lower lake, Greylag geese shepherd their goslings between the water and the bank. At the water’s edge distinctive golden ‘flaps’ form the ornamental blooms of the yellow Iris.

In the sunken garden, soft shades of Wisteria and forget-me-nots contrast with the obsidian petals of Queen of the Night tulips. Up the steps from the sunken garden, the pink and white blooms of a Magnolia grandiflora salute the sky.

Spring blossom on an apple tree
Close up picture of pink apple blossom

A flurry of Lilacs greet visitors by the main entrance to the walled garden. Cascading tendrils of golden flowers from a Laburnum flourish at the top of the Lime Avenue. Under the Hundred Guinea Oak, look out for the red leaves and delicate yellowish flowers of an Epimedium.

Between the north lawn and the wild garden small blue Anemone blanda flowers spring up in the grass. In the wild garden, the occasional burst of sun backlights the rusty leaves of a Cotinus, or ‘Smoke Bush’.

At the lakeside, the Jurassic-looking Gunnera plant begins to unfurl its giant leaves