Summer in the gardens at The Vyne

A picture of Ipomoea lobata in the Summerhouse Garden at The Vyne

This season, you can bask in the delights of summer on our north lawn, or wander the gardens where vegetation and blooms flourish. Each visit supports the conservation at The Vyne.

This year, you have a one-off opportunity to gaze at The Vyne’s grounds from the vantage point of a rooftop walkway as major roof repairs are carried out.

Views take in the wetlands, the north lawn and the north parkland. On sunny days, you can wave to picnickers on the north lawn below as you take in the scenery.

A view of the north lawn from The Vyne's rooftop walkway
A view of the north lawn from The Vyne's rooftop walkway

Planted from June, the summerhouse garden follows a theme of fireworks to celebrate the launch of The Vyne’s roof project.

Two central flowerbeds explode with fiery shades of scarlet, amber and deep purple from Plectranthus, Ipomoea Lobata, Zonal Pelargonium, Marine Heliotrope and Red Millet. Each bed forms a Grecian cross to reflect the floorplan of the seventeenth century summerhouse.  

Don’t forget to take a peek inside the walled kitchen garden, full of fruit and vegetables. Look out for the bee pen - this part of the garden is a hive of activity in summer, as honey bees forage for food. 

A David Howard dahlia at The Vyne
A David Howard dahlia at The Vyne

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.