The summer months are upon us and the gardens at the National Trust’s, Baddesley Clinton, Coughton Court and Packwood in Warwickshire are bursting with a kaleidoscope of vibrant colours and beautiful flower displays. The long, warm days of summer are the ideal time to get outdoors and explore these varied gardens.
This is the perfect time of year to visit the gardens which are currently full of sweetly scented roses, bountiful borders spilling out onto pathways and wildflower meadows attracting buzzing bees and butterflies. From formal borders to vegetable gardens full of produce, visitors will find colourful blooms at every turn.
Over at Packwood, the contemporary mingled style garden, with herbaceous borders, wildflower meadows and orchard is the perfect place to dream of carefree summer days. The gardens are noted for their exciting and colourful borders, unusual plants, bountiful Kitchen Garden and magnificent ancient yew trees which are currently undergoing a ten-year conservation project.
Two miles up the road visitors will find Baddesley Clinton, a medieval moated manor house nestled within formal gardens, wildflower meadows and stew ponds. Meander around the lakeside, discover the new vegetable garden and don’t miss the impressive dahlia border in late summer. Afterwards explore the house where visitors will find stunning rooms and a hidden priest hole.
The ‘jewel in the crown’ of the Throckmorton family gardens at Coughton Court is undoubtedly the walled garden which comes alive from late June. Opened by Alan Titchmarsh in 1996, the rose labyrinth is a riot of colour with clematis, rambling roses and buddlejas covered in butterflies. Don’t miss the peaceful riverside walk and get closer to nature surrounded by ferns, hostas and native marsh plants in the bog garden.
So come and celebrate the arrival of the warmer months and enjoy the sights and scents of our gardens this summer. Each time you pay us a visit you’re helping us to conserve these beautiful places for future generations to enjoy.