About Highdown Gardens

Highdown Gardens is one of the hidden gems of the area and home to a unique collection of rare plants and trees. In fact the whole garden has been deemed a National Collection.

The Gardens looks their best in spring and early summer when there is a colourful succession of spring bulbs such as Crocus, Daffodils, Anemones and Snowdrops followed by Paeonies and Bearded Iris.

Crocus (Crocus tommasinianus - left), Daffodils (Narcissus 'Jetfire' - right):

Crocuses and Daffodils (744)

Anemones (Anenome Pavonina - left) and Snowdrops (Galanthus - right):

Anemone and Snowdrops (744)

Scillas and Hellebores, sometimes known as the Christmas or Lenten rose, are amongst the many delights on show in the beds throughout the Gardens. Scilla Peruviana has such a beautiful flower. It can be forgiven for having such untidy leaves.

Scilla Peruviana (left) and the Hellebores (Helleborus orientalis - right):

Scilla Peruviana and Hellebore Orientalis hybrids (744)

Two of our most popular trees with our visitors in late spring are the Handkerchief Tree and the Judas Tree.

Handkerchief Tree (Davidia involucrata - left) and our rare Afghan form of the Judas Tree (Cercis siliquastrum - right):

The Handkerchief Tree and The Judas Tree (744)

For more information about the various areas of Gardens please see the 'tour' section which is also available from the menus at the top every page on our website.

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