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The 10 Best Gardens to See Flowers in the UK

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Published on May 25th 2021
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A close up of a greencombe garden

Bluebell Cottage Gardens

Herbaceous borders in summer

Bluebell Cottage Gardens

Tucked away down a quiet country lane, Bluebell Cottage Gardens and Nursery is one of Cheshire's best kept secrets. Owned and managed by former BBC Gardener of the Year, Sue Beesley, Bluebell Cottage Gardens, nursery, wildflower meadows and bluebell woods make a perfect half day out for keen gardeners, wildlife enthusiasts, or anyone in need of a break from the whirlwind of modern life.

Bluebell Cottage Gardens, hidden away in the rural countryside of Cheshire, is the perfect spot to escape to and enjoy the spoils of spring. The eponymous bluebell woods are a spectacle from April until May, and the wildflower meadow offers a delight of colours throughout the summer months for pollinators and visitors alike.
The flower meadows at Bluebell Cottage gardens
Complete with a tea room and RHS Gold Medal-winning plant nursery, a day out to Bluebell Cottage Gardens has everything you could need. Entry is £5 for adults and free for RHS members, carers and those under 18s.
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Cambridge University Botanic Garden

Cambridge University Botanic garden, established over 150 years ago, is home to over 8000 species of plants, including nine national collections. From Fritillaries and Bergenias to mature trees and systematic beds used for teaching, the huge range of plants makes it easy to see why this is one of the most popular botanic gardens in the UK.
cambridge university botanic garden
As well as the pungent corpse plant, there's no shortage of, perhaps more pleasant flowers to enjoy through the spring and summer months. The bee border, scented garden, and drought-tolerant meadow are all at their best and are perfect for strolling through as you enjoy this world-renowned garden.
Keep an eye out for the world-famous apple tree descended from the tree under which Newton received his stroke of genius.
There are usually plenty of events for you to enjoy as well, which you can find on their website.

Greencombe

Overlooking the sea, this organic garden hosts a huge array of flowers tucked away among the lush rolling hills of Somerset.
For anyone visiting the nearby harbour village of Porlock Weir, Greencombe provides a perfect escape into plants of all varieties, including four national plant collections; (Erythronium, Gaultheria, Polystichum ferns and Vaccinium).
A tree next to a body of water
The late owner of the grade, Joan Loraine, took over the garden in 1966 and was a pioneer of organic gardening, creating an oasis for people and wildlife alike.
Entry to the garden is £7 for adults, £1 for children under 16 and free for carers and RHS members from Monday to Thursday.

Blenheim Palace

It's not surprising that the blooms at Blenheim are as spectacular as the rest of the house and grounds. This ancestral home and birthplace of Winston Churchill were originally designed by the legendary landscape designer Capability Brown, whose distinctive style can be seen throughout the grounds, including his most impressive and well-known achievement- the lake.
A close up of a flower garden at Blenheim Palace
There is a huge variety of flowers across the grounds, but the rose garden is truly an unmatched sensory experience when in bloom. The intrigue of the secret garden also provides a perfect spot to take a moment to relax, and the Marlborough Maze is ideal for anyone seeking a bit of a challenge.
You can also enjoy a whole array of floral celebrations at the Blenheim Palace Flower Show in June, complete with 'Floral Street', a perfect place to discover new flowers and plants for you to take home. As well as the flower show, there are also plenty of events to enjoy throughout the year, including an open-air cinema and jousting tournament. You can see all the events listed on their website.

Leathad Ard Gardens

If you happen to find yourself at a loss of what to do on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, why not take a moment to explore one of the most colourful and secret gardens in the British Isles. Looking over East Loch Roag, this one acre of Scottish oasis is a real feast for the eyes in spring and summer, boasting impressive displays of Bistort, Lupins and Poppies, among many others.
Plants and flowers in Leathad Ard Gardens
© Leathad Ard Gardens
Children go free, and for everyone else, entry is £4. 'Leathad Ard' in Gaelic literally means 'steep hill', so be aware that this garden may not be accessible for all.

Trewithen

As well as 20 champion trees, this Cornish garden, which literally means 'house of the trees', is home to a stunning variety of flowers to enjoy throughout the spring and summer.
If the world-renowned collection of Camellias isn't enough, you can also enjoy magnolias, rhododendrons, acres and impressive tree ferns across Trewithen's 30 acres, as well as a wildflower meadow and bluebells and daffodils in spring.
A close up of a flower at trewithin gardens
Tickets are £10 for adults (£8 for locals), and children and carers go free, while RHS get free entry in June.

Cambo Gardens

Our second Scottish garden on this list boasts some of the most incredible floral displays in the UK.
An extensive snowdrop collection, winter garden and surrounding woodland offer beauty in the colder months. Roses, alliums, lilacs and many other flowers create explosions of colour throughout the spring and summer.
Flowers in a meadow at Cambo Gardens
The gardens also host many events, from the spring flower festival (part of the Discover Scottish Gardens Spring Flower Festival) to the snowdrop festival. From late August to September, you can also order snowdrop bulbs to plant in your own garden.
Entry is free for under 16s and RHS and Historic Houses (HHA) members. Adult tickets are £6.50, and you also have the option to add Gift Aid when you purchase through Candide at no extra cost to you.

Harlaxton

With impressive lawns, sculpted hedges and stunning architecture, Harlaxton Manor Gardens is one of the most impressive backdrops in the UK for any garden explorer. Not least for those looking to experience the bulbs, cherry blossom and roses that adorn the grounds throughout the year.
Elements from the garden are inspired from across the world, from the Italian garden to the Dutch canal and French terraces. The observatory, which dates back to the 19th century, is also home to several tropical plants.
The house itself dates back to the 1830s and is now owned by the University of Evansville, Indiana, as their British campus.
A stone lion at Harlaxton Manor
© Harlaxton Manor
Tickets start from £8 for adults wanting to enter the formal gardens, although the manor gardens can be enjoyed for free.

Eden Project

A garden unlike any other, the Eden Project is one of the most spectacular days out in the UK, if not the world, awash with plenty of intrigue, activities and of course, flowers.
The iconic Cornish biomes encapsulate a huge array of plants, recreating their environments and transporting visitors across the globe. The charity does a huge amount of work across the grounds and country to inspire people to work with each other and the natural world towards a sustainable future.
The Eden Project
The gardens themselves are home to flowerbeds with plants chosen for pollinators and all lovers of colour. There is also a herb garden, a spiral garden and many other surprises.
You can find more detailed information about events on their website.

Dunninald Castle & Gardens

Situated on the east coast of Scotland, this ancient estate and gothic 19th-century castle are open to the public during the summer. The estate of over 100 acres is at least a thousand years old.
The wild garden is overrun with snowdrops in winter and bluebells in the spring, and the walled garden provides the most interesting sites in summer, with roses, fruit and vegetable plants and colourful borders. You may also catch a glimpse of a red squirrel - this is one of the last spots on the UK mainland where they roam freely.
Adult ticked are £5 and under 16s go free.

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