flower-filled day trips from London

The gardens at Sissinghurst are the stuff of poetry. Quite literally. Planted by poet Vita Sackville-West way back when, they’re now some of the most famous in England.

1. Sissinghurst Castle Garden

If you’re looking for a quintessential English country garden, look no further than Pashley with its walled historic garden, perfect lawn and Grade I listed country house backdrop.

2. Pashley Manor Gardens, East Sussex

Everything at Mottisfont is quite literally coming up roses. This National Trust property is home to a world-famous walled rose garden that comes to life from June in a heady riot of fragrance and colour.

3. Mottisfont, Hampshire

It’s the perfect place to find inspiration for a houseplant that you’ll inevitably neglect. And because flowers and cake go together so well, end your visit in the airy tearoom with a slice of something homemade.

4. The Beth Chatto Gardens, Essex

The flowers are at their most vibrant in spring, but visit in autumn for fiery foliage, or in winter for a stroll among the snowdrops.

5. Winkworth Arboretum