A JEWEL in the National Trust’s Hampshire crown, Hinton Ampner is now bursting with summer colour and this is a great time to visit.
The gardens there are glorious and the stars are the vibrant dahlias and fragrant roses.
The exotic looking dahlias, in shades ranging from rich tangerines and fiery reds to deep pinks, yellows and creamy whites, create a dramatic impact.
“I?love the dahlia, not just for its stunning appearance but because of its incredible versatility,” enthuses head gardener John Wood.
Roses are another season stunner, with more than 90 varieties on show.
The collection, which includes a hundred highly scented ‘Whiter Shade of Pale’ tea rose shrubs, and huge roses in the Dell which grow right up into the yew trees, is known for its repeat flowering, giving delicious fragrance and colour well into August.
There is a cut flower border too, so staff can continue the tradition of providing floral displays in the house for visitors to enjoy. There is a free guided walk around the garden every Tuesday, from 2.15pm to 3.15pm.
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