Garden Portrait: Summer at Hinton Ampner

The walled kitchen garden is full of lavender-edged borders and swaying grasses and the Norman church is now surrounded by greenery. Pear trees that were in blossom in the spring, now drip with ripening fruit.

In July the garden is transformed. Around the house and the terraces shrubs give way to bedding plants, perennials, delicate shades of roses, lilies, dahlias, agapanthus, lupins and alliums.

At the east side of the house is a lily pond, and to the front a grass terrace with views over the parkland.

A sunken garden which was cordoned off in the wet weather to prevent damage to the lawned pathway is now open.

The terraces are full of summer planting, and ornaments that went unnoticed in the spring.


The smoke bushes are in full bloom next to the classical temple.

It is a peaceful and relaxed garden in which to loiter. Sheep wander among the trees in the parkland and a ginger cat gets some shut-eye in the heat of the sun.

Hinton Ampner has been creatively planted and tended with so much to see in quite a small garden. If you are in the area during the summer months I recommend a visit. And next door is a lovely pub, the Hinton Arms,  which serves excellent food.

Size: 13 acres (5.3 hectares)

  • Street:   Hinton Ampner
  • Postcode:   SO24 OLA
  • City:   Bramdean, Alresford
  • County:   Hampshire
  • Country:  United Kingdom

32 Comments Add yours

  1. Lovely post – gorgeous photographs and I like the layout very much. Oh, and a beautiful garden! I am going to try and visit during July – thank you

    1. Heyjude says:

      Should be looking good then.

  2. restlessjo says:

    Fabulous, Jude! Everything from the impeccably trimmed ‘mushrooms’ to the sleepy cat 🙂 🙂 Great job! Amazing how green turns to floral magnificence.

    1. Heyjude says:

      It is quite a transformation in the summer months.

  3. Tish Farrell says:

    A feast of a post, Jude. Love the pusscat and coordinating stone pedestal.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Found another ginger puss cat yesterday, posing beautifully in Mousehole!!

  4. jennypellett says:

    Lovely! I was there two weeks ago meeting up with sis-in-law.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Probably not quite as lush as these photos.

  5. Arkenaten says:

    Beautify! And the two MGs in the 2nd photo cap it off very nicely!

    1. Heyjude says:

      I think we timed it when there was a classic car meeting! We definitely had car envy!

  6. What a beautiful garden!! Love the shapes of the trees and the vibrant colours of the flowers!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Yes it is a beautiful place in the summer time.

  7. pommepal says:

    A magnificent garden Jude I could easily spend all day there and did I spot that bloke sketching again? Loved the photo of the sleeping cat

    1. Heyjude says:

      The cat was purrfect! And it is where the photo of the sketching chap was taken.

      1. pommepal says:

        Haha very punny! I would love to sketch in that garden, very inspiring

  8. Pete Hillman says:

    These are really gorgeous, Jude! My kind of place.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Pete. It is quite a small place for the NT but I liked visiting as it was never very crowded.

  9. Anabel Marsh says:

    I’ll have to spend longer in Hampshire next time! Beautiful.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Best not wait 40 years!

  10. Oh, so beautiful. I’ve seen smoke bushes before and they are lovely, but I’ve never seen any here. I must do some research to find out if they grow here.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I have seen them in Canberra around the lake. Of course they get cold winters there, you may be too hot.

      1. I suspect our winters may not be long enough. It gets cold but doesn’t last long. First day of winter was on Friday – 5 to 17 degrees.

        1. Heyjude says:

          Not dissimilar temperatures to our first day of summer!

        2. It’s glorious today, clear blue sky, no wind and a top of 20 degrees. That’s my kind of winter. 🙂

        3. Heyjude says:

          My kind of summer! I don’t like it too hot.

  11. What a garden!!! So many things to love. The overgrown path to the church. The church itself. The elegant long pears. The shaped trees. The colour-coordinated wheelbarrow. The lichened post and the daisied stairs. The ginger cat. Thank you for a delicious stroll, courtesy of your wonderful photos.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Glad you enjoyed it Meg. There is a lot to be said about an English summer garden 🙂

      1. And you say it, in words and photos.

  12. Love this garden portrait, Jude. It’s been a while since I’ve visited a large garden like this, I enjoyed seeing so many scenes and details. And the ginger cat 🙂 I always love your garden tour posts.

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