Spring in the garden at Uppark

As the winter chill begins to fade away and the days grow longer, the welcome arrival of spring gives visitors plenty to look forward to at Uppark. Our garden and woodland is bursting with life from the spring bulbs in the garden to the local hares which can sometimes be seen first thing in the morning hopping around the South Meadow.

Spring displays in this formal landscape garden pack a punch this year, courtesy of 8,000 new bulbs that were planted last autumn. Pure white scented narcissi Thalia and Ice Follies greet you as you arrive at the main gates. The driveway and café frontage are packed with fragrant creamy coloured variety W.P Milner so you can enjoy the scent and colour of spring as you tuck into fresh home-made cake and scones from Uppark’s café.

In late spring, Uppark’s small wildflower meadow starts its displays of changing colour. First to appear are the elegant bell-shaped heads of crown imperials alongside yellow rattle, which suppresses the growth of grasses, allowing other meadow flowers to thrive.  

Discover delicate flowers in our garden this spring
Close up of Cowslip flowers at Uppark, West Sussex
Discover delicate flowers in our garden this spring

Spring sees the return of some of the nation’s favourite delicate flowers including Cowslips, Siberian Squall and Snowdrops. Your stroll through springtime begins immediately, many of these can be spotted as you walk from Visitor Reception to the Golden Gate providing a wonderful welcome.

As the weather warms, the trees begin to spring to life. Not to be missed this time of year is the handkerchief tree, so named because the ‘bracts’ protecting the flowers look like white handkerchiefs. 

In the formal gardens you'll also come across the Tulip tree, who’s leaves resemble tulip flowers. This is one to watch throughout the year as its vivid green leaves turn through yellow to bright orange in the Autumn.

Our trees are blooming into life this spring
Close up of Handkerchief Tree at Uppark, West Sussex
Our trees are blooming into life this spring
" It would appear presumptive of me to suggest any improvement or alteration to a place which possesses so many natural advantages as Uppark."
- Humphry Repton, landscape gardener and designer (1752-1818)

The South Meadow is perfect for a short stroll to take in the landscape of the surrounding South Downs National Park. The yellow rattle thrives here and, if you’re lucky, a hare might just cross your path.  

The delicate Yellow Rattle flower can be found in our South Meadow
Close up of Yellow Rattle flower in the meadow at Uppark, West Sussec
The delicate Yellow Rattle flower can be found in our South Meadow

Flowering in April, over 2000 highly scented Daffodil ‘Actaea’ have been planted along the grass bank near Visitor Reception. Daffodil ‘Ice Follies’  can also be found near the entrance to the garden.

Our garden team have planted thousands of bulbs to give us great spring displays
close up of daffodils at Uppark, West Sussex
Our garden team have planted thousands of bulbs to give us great spring displays