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Parterre at Waddesdon
Posted 7 February 2020


A kaleidoscope of colour this spring

As spring makes its mark, see different types of vibrant flowers lighting up the gardens.

The gardeners were busy last year planting 350,000 new bulbs to create a colourful display of flowers throughout spring. Here we give you tips on what to look out for to enjoy the changing colours throughout the months.

Snowdrops at Waddesdon

In February, find swathes of snowdrops down Baron’s Walk, at Tulip Patch and towards the Rose Garden. 40,000 bulbs were planted in the formal Parterre last October creating blue, purple and white designs with hyacinths and crocus. Spot early flowering daffodils in Upper Deer Pen, just beyond the Silent Space.

Discover the best places to see snowdrops in the gardens>

Leucojum in the gardens at Waddesdon

March will see the Parterre bedding looking its best, while primroses and cowslip will be appearing down Baron’s Walk. Below the Parterre, leucojum (also called spring snowflakes) will begin to pop up. If you’re looking to enjoy a quiet moment of reflection, head to the Silent Space where 6,000 crocus and chinodoxa will be emerging.

A firm favourite with visitors is Daffodil Valley that will be a carpet of yellow by late March.

Find out more about the Silent Space>

Yellow spring tulips on the parterre

Take in the kaleidoscope of colours created by over 60,000 tulips springing up around the gardens in April. For the first time in 90 years Tulip Patch will be full of meadow tulips and the Aviary formal bedding will be bursting with colour with 32,500 tulip bulbs. Local schools helped the gardens team in October 2019 to help plant 5,500 tulips.

Flowers on a horse chestnut tree in waddesdon gardens

Early May is one of the many moments to enjoy colour in the gardens, when the horse chestnuts are laden with white or pink candles. You will also be able to spot vibrant camassia and alliums at Upper Deer Pen and bluebells near Tay Bridge.

Read more about the horse chestnuts in the gardens>

Colourful bulbs map

Use this map to help navigate the changing colours in the gardens.

Download spring bulbs maps PDF>