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The UK’s Must-Visit Gardens for Wedding Flower Inspiration

June 21, 2024

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Caroline & Antonia x

As a garden designer, I (Caroline) am constantly on the lookout for inspiration, especially when it comes to the meticulous and magical world of wedding flora. For a bride-to-be envisioning your special day is a tapestry of colours, scents, and textures – and what better canvas to draw from than the sprawling and curated gardens of the United Kingdom?

Whether you’re a fan of the wild and whimsical, or the structured and regal, the following garden sanctuaries are sure to provide the perfect muses for your wedding flowers.

Sissinghurst Castle Garden

Location: Cranbrook, Kent

Stepping into the Sissinghurst Castle Garden, you are greeted with a collaboration of interweaving scents and color that form quintessential English garden views. Vita Sackville-West’s fascination with color-themed garden rooms means you’ll find a myriad of palettes. For a spring wedding, the White Garden offers a serene and classic array of white roses, peonies, and lilies-of-the-valley.

The Rose Garden, in full bloom during the warmer months, provides cascades of vibrant roses and irises for a summer extravaganza. Winter celebrations can draw elegant simplicity from the East Lawn, featuring aged brick walls and austere topiaries contrasted by the stark beauty of bare branches and perennial grasses.


Location: Romsey, Hampshire

Mottisfont, famed for its collection of ancient roses and early-season blooms, is a fragrant haven for those planning a romantic springtime gathering. The walled garden, divided into ‘rooms’ by a grid of box hedging, allows for the easy separation of wedding spaces. The National Collection of old-fashioned roses can be traced back to the 2nd Marquess of Montagu and provides an atmospheric link to the past at the heart of your wedding day.

Great Dixter House & Gardens

Location: Northiam, East Sussex

Great Dixter is not just a garden; it’s an expression of art and harmony with a wild twist. The famous Long Border, which stretches out in a sixty-meter riot of color, offers a bold and painterly mix perfectly suited for a summer wedding theme. For an autumnal celebration, the Orchard is rich in golden hues, marrying copper beeches and fruit-laden trees with dahlias, and late-blooming roses.

Venture into the Exotic Garden designed by Christopher Lloyd, and you’ll find a surprise at every turn with its vibrant, tropical atmosphere—ideal for those seeking an unconventional backdrop.

Lost Gardens of Heligan

Location: Pentewan, St Austell, Cornwall

The Lost Gardens of Heligan are a phoenix risen from the ashes, with a romantic narrative that’s perfectly apt for a pre-marriage exploration. The Italian Garden is a showcase of sheltering archways of wisteria and picturesque statues that beg to be adorned with aromatic jasmine and gardenias, mimicking an Italian wedding regardless of the season. The Walled Garden is a botanical cornucopia, promising an extensive harvest of florals for any time of the year.


Location: Stourton, Warminster, Wiltshire

Stourhead is an ode to the artful juxtaposition of the natural world and manmade structures, with its iconic Palladian bridge and Temple of Apollo. The 18th-century landscape garden is awash with deciduous magnificence, each season offering its own unique charm. Plan a wedding in autumn for golden and rust tones reflected in the still waters, or a spring celebration to enjoy a mantle of white and pink blossoms under the budding tree canopies.

Kew Gardens

Location: Richmond, London

The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew boast a rare and extensive collection of over 50,000 living plants. A wedding floral designer’s paradise, Kew Gardens offers curated conservatories for year-round inspiration. My favorite is the Temperate House, the world’s largest surviving Victorian glass structure under which you could stage a tropical rainforest-inspired wedding, complete with orchids, calla lilies, and birds of paradise.

Chelsea Physic Garden

Location: Chelsea, London

Set alongside the Thames, Chelsea Physic Garden is an urban oasis that caters to the botanically curious. The Garden of World Medicine plants alone presents vast possibilities for heritage-inspired wedding flowers. Imagine a bouquet that not only looks exquisite but tells a story of tradition and healing through the inclusion of lavender, mint, and chamomile.


Location: Bakewell, Derbyshire

With its 105-acre kitchen garden and grand greenhouse, Chatsworth is a treasure trove of possibilities. The Rock Garden showcases a cavalcade of alpines and creates an intimate, almost secret garden atmosphere that could be perfect for a celebratory dinner. The Cascade flowing in steps from the house is a dramatic backdrop, while the Grand Cascade adds an element of the monumental to your floral scene.

Each of these gardens offers an unforgettable aesthetic and the opportunity to select flowers that reflect the diverse and nuanced beauty of the UK’s flora. For the bride seeking to add a touch of history and grandeur, there are few places as beautifully eloquent as the gardens in the British Isles. Please do get in touch if you would like to chat about how to bring this inspiration into your wedding flowers.

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