Best places to see blossom
Blossom is in full bloom, covering the UK in swathes of pink and white. From ornamental magnolias in gardens to hawthorn scattered across the countryside, discover some of the best places to see blossom in our care and beyond.
The gardens are a sea of blossom at Anglesey Abbey. In 2021 Olympian Way was planted with an ornamental cherry that will provide a pink, scented blossom for years to come. In the woodland belts and Rose Garden, you can spot both ornamental and wild cherry blossom. The heritage orchard, planted with local varieties of plum, apple and gage, comes into blossom in April.
Magnolias are among the first trees to bloom in spring at Blickling Estate. You can see the soft pinks and whites of the magnolia trees dotted around the West Garden from March.
The Walled Garden at the Felbrigg Estate contains a variety of fruit blossoms. Venture into the surrounding woodlands to see pockets of colourful blossom.
The display of spring blossom at Ickworth appears during April and May. You can find the blooms of apple and pear blossom in the Walled Garden and the blossoming magnolia trees in the Italian Garden. If you head on the Geraldine’s or Erskine’s Walk, you may also come across some cherry trees as they come into bloom.
The orchard on the Wimpole Estate contains more than 300 fruit trees, including apple, pear, apricot, plum, greengage, medlar and quince. Visit during April and May to see blossom in abundance.
From April and into May, you can see the delicate cherry blossom at Chartwell on the Top Terrace and in the borders lining the walkway from the visitor centre to the house. Meanwhile, cherry trees donated by the Sakura Cherry Tree Project blossom in the car park.
In late April Hinton’s cherry blossom starts to appear in the little orchard. First to appear are the large snow-white, sweetly scented flowers of Mount Fuji. Later comes the pink double blooms of Kansan, a real show-stopper. You can see an example beside the pond, where branches fall over the lawn.
In early spring, you can see the white magnolia by the stables start to flower. Then in early April the little cherry orchard unfurls creamy blossom. Later, in the Walled Garden, you’ll see fruit trees displaying pink and white flowers, while hedgerows are bright with clusters of white blackthorn blossom on the estate walk.
Amelanchier, magnolia and kalmia bring delicate softness and variety alongside more traditional native blossom including crab apple and early-flowering blackthorn and hawthorn blossom at Sheffield Park and Gardens.
Walk beneath clouds cherry blossom in the orchard at Sissinghurst Castle Garden from April. As the season progresses, you’ll be spoilt for choice for blossom across the two orchards. There are more than 1,100 fruit trees in the main orchard near the entrance alone, where apple blossom changes from pink to white as summer draws near.
The main type of blossom at Stowe is on the cherry trees. You can see these all around the garden during April and May, but the largest is by Queen Caroline Monument.
The Yoshino cherry tree, behind St Bartholomew's Church, is a real showstopper in April at Benthall. This tree is the same species as those famously blossoming in Japan at the same time of year. The cherry tree flowers are nearly pure white with a slight tinge of pale pink towards the centre.
Across 21 acres, more than 700 trees have been planted at Brockhampton, including elder and blackthorn, as well as many varieties of apple, damson, pear, plum and quince. Each one has been chosen to provide the best ecological mix for pollination and habitat development.
In early spring, you can see the peach blossom flowering in the Peach House in the walled kitchen garden, followed by plum and apple blossom later in the season. Around the wider estate, look out for wild cherry, blackthorn and hawthorn blossom.
The Heritage Orchard at Moseley Old Hall is home to 17th-century varieties of fruit trees, which capture the changing seasons. Blossom litters the gardens, from the early-blooming yellows of Cornelian cherry to the vibrant pink blossom of the apple trees.
The brighter days of spring herald the arrival of blossom all across the garden and parkland at Packwood House. The hedgerows are scattered with tiny white blackthorn flowers. Then the fruit blossom begins, with plum and damson in the barnyard and cherry and apple in the orchard.
Beningbrough Hall's walled kitchen garden boasts more than 50 varieties of apple and pear trees, which put on an impressive display of blossom. This is soon followed by cherry blossom later in the season, creating carpets of colour with the fallen petals.
The apple, pear and cherry trees at East Riddlesden Hall are full of blossom in May, adding a flush of colour to the intimate garden. Don't miss the blossom tree trail in the grounds, which features cherry, plum, crab apple and blackthorn trees.
The Walled Garden at Gibside is full of fruit blossom, from the early-blooming apricot tree, which produces blush pink flowers in February and March, to the plum, cherry and apple blossoms that appear from March to late May.
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At Quarry Bank, the Walled Garden bursts into life in April with the blooming of the apricot tree, followed by the arrival of apple, pear, nectarine and peach blossom. The Apprentice House Garden is home to apple, plum and pears trees, making it the perfect place to enjoy a picnic under a canopy of blossom.
Look out for the early-flowering Japanese apricot in the Rock Garden at Sizergh, which starts flowering in late February with bright pink and almond-scented flowers. In April, the Japanese cherries and trained pears will bloom, while the orchards will be full of cloud-like pink and white apple blossom in May.
The orchard at Speke Hall is full of white and light pink blooms in March and April as the apple and plum trees show off their blossom. Meanwhile, the two large cherry trees on the North Lawn give you the perfect opportunity to snap a blossom-filled view of the house. You can also see plenty of blossom in the hedgerows along the Bund path overlooking the River Mersey.
Ardress House sits in the heart of Armah’s rich apple-growing country. The apple trees that surround the house are full of blossom in May, adding a vibrant flush of colour to the orchards. Don’t miss out on a chance to see the pink and white flowers come alive with pollinators.
The Walled Garden at Florence Court spills over with blossom during the spring months. Take a stroll through the garden to see its native Irish apple orchard in bloom, which is home to more than 180 heritage species.
Magnolias are in full flower during April and May. Rowallane has 15 different species of magnolias, with many large trees dating back to the early 1900s. You can find them throughout the Walled Garden, outer Walled Garden and the Spring Ground.
The magnolia tree at Springhill sparks interest as it gives off a sweet scent when it flowers, similar to the smell of white chocolate.
The cherry trees on Seemly Terrace and Scout Point path at Coleton Fishacre will be in full bloom, creating a picture-postcard scene as you head off for a wander. The display of these blossom flowers is a real spring spectacle in the garden.
Watch Cotehele's 12 acres of orchards burst into life and colour. You can see the blossom as it spreads from the cherry orchard to the old orchard and mother orchard.
During a walk around Greenway this spring you'll find an abundance of blossom. You’ll see fruit trees flowering, including peach, almond, nectarine, cherry and apple along with the bloom of the magnolias.
Cherry blossom is nature's own confetti and a sure sign that spring has arrived in the garden at Kingston Lacy. Come and see the simple beauty of pink or white petals adorning the cherry trees in the Japanese Garden in the springtime.
Go for a walk on the estate at Lytes Cary this spring to catch the blackthorn, hawthorn and cherry plum trees flowering along the White Walk.
Throughout March the fragrant magnolia blossom litters the landscape at Stourhead. These jubilant blooms fill the garden with every imaginable shade of pink.
Springtime at Trelissick becomes a flurry of vibrant colour as trees and flowers come back to life in the garden and surrounding areas. You can immerse yourself in the early blooms of the flowering pink magnolias or venture to the peaceful orchard, planted over 20 years ago, which is home to several Cornish apple varieties.
Take a walk among 80 acres of spring blossom with late-flowering magnolias, beautifully scented viburnums and ornamental cherry, plum and apple trees.
You can discover a vast display of magnolias blossoming in spring at Dyffryn Gardens. There's a huge number of varieties to see, including campbellii, grandiflora, delavayi, Amelanchier lamarckii, stellata and soulangeana.
The 13.5-acre walled garden at Erddig comes to life with a wide variety of fruit blossom trained along the historic walls and throughout the orchards. More than 180 different varieties of apple are grown at Erddig, and ornamental cherry fills the spring air with a delicate fragrance alongside the blossoms of crab apple, pears, plums and medlars.
From early spring you can begin to spot the cream and pink displays of cherry and apple blossoms in the Walled Garden at Llanerchaeron. The ancient apple trees have created their own unique shapes and look as if they have seen every season that has passed since the gardens were first built.
The apple trees in the Edwardian Formal Garden at Powis – planted hundreds of years ago by Lady Violet, Countess of Powis – are famous for their vibrant pink blossom in spring. The flowering borders and trimmed fruit trees in Violet’s Edwardian Garden are still two of the garden’s highlights today.
The season of blossom begins with the camellia, which can be found as you stroll down the smaller garden paths in the orchard garden. In the cedar garden, you can find the magnolia's fleeting displays of pink and white flowers during April. You can also explore the orchard and orangery gardens to see the fruit trees bloom.