Cherry blossom and daffodils make the arboretum a cheerful place for a spring stroll.
When the moment comes for the magnolias to open, they fill the garden with sheer beauty. From starry white flowers to pink or purple goblets, the range is magnificent. Check them out on Battleston Hill and in the Wild Garden, although you’ll find these lovely trees dotted all over the garden.
A walk in the Wild Garden or Battleston Hill delivers many things in early spring, including the luminous, yellow tassels of Stachyurus praecox AGM and S. chinensis. The effect of these weeping racemes in the woodland areas is magical, but the shrub is equally effective growing beside the brick wall of the Laboratory.
Our glorious carpets of crocuses are sure to brighten up even the chilliest of days!
For a close up view of an assortment of beautiful plants a visit to the Alpine Display House really satisfies. In March the daily display includes all sorts of exquisite specimens such as cyclamen, crocus, hoop-petticoat daffodils, irises and hepaticas.
In woodland corners camellias flower with strength and determination, giving an incredible display of flower that covers the shrubs in all but the coldest weather. A walk on Battleston Hill leaves you not knowing which blooms to look at first!
Muscari neglectum, Narcissus 'Toto', Chaenomeles x superba 'Coral Sea' give delightful spring displays on Seven Acres.
Like dainty yellow pixie hats, erythroniums carpet the woodland floor in shady parts of the garden. Enjoy them as you wander around the Rock Garden, Wild Garden and Battleston Hill as the oak leaves start to emerge above.
Some 15,000 tulips will light up Top Terrace this spring in pink, purple, yellow and lilac. The formal scene will feature cultivars 'Christmas Dream', 'Purple Prince', 'Sunny Prince' and 'Candy Prince' joined by 6,000 Myosotis 'Sylvia Blue'.
Late spring is the most colourful time of year in the woodland areas. Battleston Hill and the Wild Garden are ablaze with the mix of colours from incredibly vibrant rhododendrons and camellias, set off perfectly against the emerging green of fresh foliage.