Beautiful Gardens to Visit This Summer

Beautiful Gardens to Visit This Summer

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Summertime brings warm weather, sunny days, and gardens in full bloom. Well, we may not always be able to rely on things working out exactly like that in Britain, but these islands are undeniably filled with fabulous gardens that look stunning in (almost) any weather. The following are some of the most beautiful gardens in the UK that really will reward a visit…

Wales

Up first on our list is the Bodnant Garden in Conwy, which is known around the world for its grand selection of plants. The gardens stretch over 80 acres, so put on your hiking shoes. They include grand terraces filled with herbaceous beds, rose gardens and so much more. Bodnant is also home to the famous 150 foot long laburnum arch, which features golden blooms that stretch along the tunnel, shining iridescently.

Staffordshire

Next on the list is Biddulph Grange in Staffordshire. This is one of the finest gardens in Britain and was created by Victorian gardeners. Not only does the garden feature some of the most exotic and stunning floral displays, it also boosts some gorgeous architecture in the form of gazebos and bridges. The colours used highlight the foliage and create picture perfect scenes. If you have thought about building an orangery or a conservatory, this is certainly a garden to glean some inspiration from.

Gloucestershire

You can’t say you’ve seen all of the best gardens in Britain without visiting the Hidcote Manor Garden in Gloucestershire. The 20th century garden is a masterpiece, made to resemble the layout of an outdoor home, with rooms created by clever hedges and walls. Every room within the garden is different in scale, design, and character, making it a delight to explore.

Northern Ireland

For something more diverse and exotic, pay a visit to the Mount Stewart Garden in County Down, Northern Ireland. This garden is unique, as it features a wide range of exotic and rare plants that are carefully tended to so that they continue to grow, even in the less than sub-tropical climate of Britain. Within the property are several separate gardens, including the Sunken Garden, Italian Garden, and Shamrock Garden. Each area offers its own charming plant species and architectural features, such as the Irish Harp and stone pergola.

Wiltshire

Another of the UK’s amazing gardens is located in Wiltshire. The Arcadian Paradise at Stourhead is a magical spot, which offers a 19th century Arcadian garden that features water, hills, and classical architecture surrounded by shrubs and trees. It looks as if it is straight out of a painting, and in fact, many people refer to it as a living work of art.

Kent

Rounding out the list is the Sissinghurst Castle Garden located in Kent. This is the home of Harold Nicolson and Vita Sackville-West’s garden, which is split into several different sections, each of which is worth a visit. The Rose Garden, for instance, is a circular area full of figs, honeysuckle and roses, while the White Garden is filled with white pompom dahlias, white gladioli, white Japanese anemones, and white irises. These are just two of the many gems that the gardens offer for visitors to explore.

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