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Top tips for summer flowerbeds from our expert gardeners

Top tips for summer flowerbeds from our expert gardeners

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Inspirational summer flowerbeds

Once the spring bulbs and flowers have died back, it's time to put in your summer bedding plants. Hopefully you've been busy this springtime, growing some plants from seed for your beds and borders. 

Here at Hampton Court Palace, our gardeners grow and pot-on thousands of plants from seed, ready to plant out for the summer. 

Greg's guide

See how Greg Leeson and his team swap out spring plants for summer and get some inspirational views of the flower beds at Hampton Court Palace.

The Kitchen Garden looking south, 4 June 2014. Showing an overview of the vegetable plots set out in a grid pattern.

How and why to mulch

How our experts mulch the kitchen garden at Hampton Court Palace.

The Glasshouse Nursery. Showing Garden and Estates team members Stuart Birnie and Amy Borthwick setting out rows of potted seedlings. Behind Amy the seedlings stretch the entire length of the Glasshouse.

How to prick out seedlings

Top tips for giving your seedlings more room to grow.

A woman and her two children enjoy playing on the South Lawn Hillsborough Castle and Gardens on a bright sunny day

How to improve your lawn

Get your grass gorgeous for summer.

A family of two women, a boy and a girl relax and admire the colourful planting in the Rose Garden at Hampton Court Palace. The Tudor palace can be seen in the background
Things to see

Discover an abundance of colour in the grounds of the historic Tudor buildings at Hampton Court Palace.

Open daily

Hampton Court Palace

Free

The Pond Gardens, looking north. Summer bedding is displayed in the flower beds.
Things to see

Discover the sunken gardens created for Henry VIII and transformed by Mary II.

Daily

Hampton Court Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

The Privy Garden at Hampton Court Palace, showing bright planting and baroque architecture under a clear blue sky
Things to see

Explore the Privy Garden, now restored to its former glory and complete with its intricate Tijou Screen.

Open daily

Hampton Court Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)