We’re so lucky in the UK to have some spectacular floral displays each year. I adore flowers, and chasing down the most beautiful flower fields has become a little hobby for me now – every year I try to visit particular favourites, as well as looking for new ones. I’ve put together a little list of my favourite Instagrammable flower spots to take you through the year – starting with the first of the flower displays, the snowdrop…
Snowdrops at Welford Park, Berkshire
I love seeing snowdrops appear. After a long winter it’s always the first sign that spring is finally on its way and they’re so welcome. I visited lots of places across Surrey, looking for a beautiful display and was always a little bit disappointed. And then I caught wind of a spot a little further afield that sounded exactly what I was after. Welford Park, near Newbury in Berkshire, is home to what has to be the most beautiful snowdrop display – it actually looks like snow has fallen as you wander through the wood. You can read my blog post on our 2018 trip here.
Bluebells at Micheldever Woods, Hampshire
The UK is spoiled for choice with beautiful bluebell spots, but Micheldever Woods in Hampshire has the best display I’ve come across – a sea of purple that stretches out as far as you can see. If you’re going on a bluebell hunt this year, I have a list of my favourite bluebell spots in the South East (including Micheldever).
Apple Blossom in the orchards at RHS Wisley
Every spring, I love to wander among the apple blossom at RHS Wisley. Wisley have almost 700 apple cultivers, as well as pear and cherry trees – it really is a vast space. In late April, the apple blossoms decorate the trees and their fragrance fills the air. It’s also so vast that you can easily feel like you’re the only people there – perfect if you’re looking to take photographs!
Wisteria at Greys Court, Oxfordshire
I love seeing wisteria explode across my Instagram feed each year – you can’t help but love that shade of purple. Nowhere has a more breathtaking example of it than Greys Court, near Henley. The wisteria there is over 125 years old and has it’s very own outdoor ‘room’, as well as a tunnel. Truly #wisteriahysteria! You can read my post on our visit here.
Azaleas at the Isabella Plantation
Nestled in amongst the grassland of Richmond Park is the Isabella Plantation – a shaded little piece of heaven, with azaleas and rhododendrons bursting into colour in late April / May. Despite visiting for two years in a row, I still don’t feel we’ve quite managed to see it at it’s best, so I’m determined to make 2019 our year! You can read my post on our visit here.
Roses at Mottisfont, Hampshire
There are so many beautiful rose gardens in the UK, but I truly think Mottisfont has to win the crown for the most stunning. You walk into the walled garden when the roses are in bloom and the scent hits you straight away. We’ve visited 3 years in a row now and it’s always stunning (you can read my previous posts here and here).
The Real Flower Petal Company Confetti Fields, Worcestershire
I don’t think there can be a prettier flower field out there than the pastel delphiniums at The Real Flower Petal Company’s confetti fields. Pastel shades of every colour stretch across the horizon, and it makes for the most beautiful backdrop for photos. We visited in 2018 and you can read our full post here.
Sissinghurst is touted again and again as the UK’s most beautiful garden, and it’s a difficult one to argue with. I love it in April, when the Lime Walk comes alive with tulips, but if you want to see the famous White Garden looking its best, you’ll want to visit in June / July.
Lavender Fields at Mayfield Lavender
I don’t think this one is exactly a secret anymore, but it’s one of my all time favourites, so I had to include it in this list. I’ve visited a few lavender fields, but Mayfield Lavender has to be my favourite (which is great, as it’s also my closest!). I love that it’s gently sloped, so there are no annoying pylons or houses on the horizon to distract the eye in your photos, and seeing those rows of purple stretching into the distance is a stunning sight.
The Temperate House at Kew Garden
It’s not over for your flower fix in the winter months! The newly renovated Temperate House in Kew Gardens will provide a warm haven from the cold outside, and is one of the most beautiful glasshouses I’ve ever seen. The white ironwork and the spiral staircases are perfect Instagrammable material! You can read my full post on our trip here.
Are there any must-visit flower spots in the UK you’d recommend?