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Explore the garden at Lyme

Visitors by the Lake at Lyme, Cheshire
Experience a kaleidoscope of colour on the Rhododendron Walk | © National Trust Images/John Millar

The historical garden at Lyme offers variation throughout the seasons so it’s always a good time to visit. Nestled on the edge of the Peak District, Lyme's garden is the second highest in the National Trust which means flowers often bloom later and last longer at Lyme.

A garden for all seasons

Visiting the garden at Lyme is an ever changing experience and no two visits are the same. Under the care of Head Gardener Stefan with the garden team, the garden transforms seasonally with no two scheme exactly the same.

Summer highlights in the garden

There’s nothing like a garden full of summer flowers to lift the spirits. Take a stroll in the sunshine as flowers flood Lyme's garden with colour.

Relax amidst lush greenery and bright colours and enjoy the scents of the Rose Garden in the sunshine.

A visitor bending down to smell roses at Lyme Park
A visitor smelling roses at Lyme Park | © National Trust Images/Megan Taylor


Swathes of colour in billowing beds take centre stage as summer begins. In the formal beds bright colours reminiscnent of warm sunny days prevail here with swathes of perennials including including Dahlia 'Totally Tangerine,' and Penstemon 'Rubicundus,' which has featured in every scheme at Lyme since 1900.

In the Rose Garden, sweet scents of roses fill the air surrounded by Cosmos to create interest. The pergola is the perfect spot for best sunshine and warmth to take a seat amongst the planting surrounded by climbing Clemetis.

Elsewhere in the garden the recently replanted double herbaceous borders will peak in July filled with vibrant perennials. First created by the 3rd Lady Newton in the 1920s, today's scheme incorporates some of her original plants. Until the first frosts expect late colour and interest in the borders, including an array of shapes and colours.

Summer flowers at full bloom in the herbaceous border at Lyme Park
Summer flowers at full bloom in the herbaceous border at Lyme Park | © ©National Trust Images/Annapurna Mellor

Autumn colours

Trees start to take on golden tones especially the ornamental japanese maple to the right of the hall, in the Vicary Gibbs area of the garden. Colour is at its best crossing the Top Lawn towards Killtime, so called as it's where servants went to stay out of sight. Today the garden around Killtime is a semi-wild space with a natural stream surrounded by water-loving plants such as Hostas and Gunnera with the gentle progression from green tones to bronze leaves overhead mark the seasons slowly shifting over time.

Family fun in the garden

Follow the winding paths to dicover what's growing in the garden this season. There are lots of buggy-friendly paths in the garden – ask at the Ticket Office for more information.

'50 things to do before you're 11 3/4'

You can complete many of the '50 things' in the garden at Lyme. Here's some of our favourites -

  • No. 1 Get to know a tree - head to the Top Lawn
  • No. 6 Go welly wandering - pull on your wellington boots and explore. Splash around in puddles, squelch through some mud if we get some summer showers
  • No. 15 - Eat a picnic in the wild - before you set off, it’s time to raid the fridge. It’s amazing what you can create with just a few ingredients. Sandwiches, salads, pasta and fruit all make for a tasty lunch – and they’re easy to carry too.
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