Summer in the garden at The Vyne

A picture of a bee nestled on a bright yellow flower at The Vyne.

As the season gets into full swing, the perfumed herbaceous borders of this former Tudor ‘power house’ are packed with eye-catching shape and colour.

Look out for deep magenta and royal blue geraniums, elegant foxtail lilies and peonies in shades of cream, pink and burgundy. 
Don’t forget to take a peek inside the unusual 17th-century circular summerhouse and the walled kitchen garden, full of fruit and vegetables. 
When you’re in the walled garden look out for the bee pen. This part of the garden is a hive of activity in summer, as honey bees forage for food. 
From June, the summerhouse garden is filled with plants which reflect the rusty colours of the house. Orange pelargonium, dark chocolate plectranthus and white salvias compliment the brickwork in this formal garden.


From August, a nod to The Vyne’s past bursts into bloom. The garden’s magnificent dahlia border, which has a backdrop of cordon, espallier and palmette fruit trees, features a gorgeous array 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. 

Summertime events for grown-ups

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The more daring among you can book onto a session with the Big Tree Climbing Company. Once safely harnessed-up, two experienced instructors will show you how to ascend a sturdy cedar tree on our north lawn. 
Just so you know, you must book onto these events in advance if you want to do them. Click the links above to find out more.