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