A year in the garden at Waddesdon

Beautiful ribbon bedding at Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire

Our garden looks so different over the seasons. From the stark beauty of winter to the vibrant colours of summer, there's always something for you to enjoy whenever you decide to visit.

Find out what you can see month by month in the garden this year.

A lovely display of daffodils and scillas in the grounds of Waddesdon Manor
Daffodils and scillas in the grounds of Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire


The garden is beginning to wake from its winter sleep.  Scillas will be flowering and colour will be creeping into the spring bedding displays. Early daffodils will be showing colour.  Winter interest plants, that can be found on the way to Tay Bridge featuring colourful stemmed and winter flowering shrubs, will be looking good.


Spring bedding will be in full flower, with the parterre bedding a mixture of tulips and polyanthus in red and gold (yellow). At the Aviary we'll have a display of white polyanthus and tulips. A mixture of Narcissus 'Tresamble', white bellis and blue myosotis will fill the Avenue beds. The rest of the garden will be a profusion of wallflowers, primroses and polyanthus. Daffodil Valley, Tay Bridge and Tulip Patch will be full of daffodils.

Enjoy a moment of peace in the beautiful rose garden at Waddesdon
The rose garden at Waddesdon Manor, a National Trust property in Buckinghamshire


Cascade Bank will be looking good with spring flowering shrubs. Late May is our bedding changeover time with ornamental beds being planted up with summer bedding. Some colour from bluebells and lily of the valley will be in other areas of the garden. The trees will begin to burst into leaf.


The theme for our carpet bedding is inspired by our summer exhibition in the Coach House 'Creatures and Creations: art by Platon H and designs by Mary Katrantzou inspired by Rothschild species'. The pattern is by Platon H based on the flame lily 'Gloriosa superba Rothschildiana'. The Parterre will be planted out with pink begonias, blue ageratum, red and blue petunias. The 3D birds will be planted with 1,000 tiny carpet bedding plants and will begin to fill out and settle in. White salvias, nemesia and ageratum will be planted in the Aviary. Exotic planting will be filling out Tropical Mound and the Bachelor's Wing, and in the trial beds we will give a taster of future bedding schemes. The Rose garden will be full of flower and scent.

A Pekin robin in three dimensional carpet bedding
A 3D sculpture of a Pekin robin in carpet bedding at Waddesdon Manor

July and August

The ornamental beds will be looking their best during these two months, and the water plants and marginals in Frog Fountain will also be looking good.


In Tropical Mound and the Bachelors' Wing the bedding will still be looking good. Autumn crocus, Colchium speciosum ' Album' will be in full flower on the Parterre. In late September conkers begin to fall from our Horse Chestnut trees.

Autumn brings lovely colours to the gardens at Waddesdon Manor
Autumnal trees in the gardens at Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire


Winter bedding changeover begins, we pull out the summer plants and plant up spring bulbs and flowering plants. The leaves on the trees will change to deep, magnificient golden hues.

November and December

The garden hibernates for the winter. The Winter Garden on the way to Tay Bridge shows colours of cornus together with a variety of winter flower shrubs. Varigated hollies and evergreen shrubs round the garden give it depth in the winter. Christmas trees and light sculpture ends our year in the garden.

Get outside and enjoy the great outdoors this winter
Winter trees in the gardens of Waddesdon Manor